Gatti vs Damgaard On Saturday Night

27.01.06 - Two-time world champion Arturo Gatti returns to Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ on Jan 28, 2006, in a 12 round showdown against undefeated welterweight contender Thomas Damgaard for the vacant IBA welterweight championship. The bout, which will be televised on HBO’s “World Championship Boxing” series, will be Gatti’s first at welterweight.

Gatti (39-7, 30 KO’s) is the former IBF jr. lightweight champion and the former WBC super lightweight champion. The 33-year-old Jersey City, NJ resident by way of Montreal, Canada is returning to the ring for the first time since surrendering his WBC title to Floyd Mayweather Jr. on June 25, 2005 (TKOby 6). The Gatti-Mayweather bout was the highest-grossing non-heavyweight bout in Atlantic City, NJ history. In 2002 – 2003, Arturo Gatti and Micky Ward waged a thrilling trilogy that was recently selected by fans as the second-greatest boxing trilogy in history, behind only Ali-Frazier..

Damgaard (37-0, 27 KO’s) has not lost a bout since turning pro in February 1998. The 34-year-old Morkov, Denmark southpaw is ranked #5 by The Ring magazine. On Nov 3, 2000, Damgaard captured the EBU welterweight title and the WBA International welterweight title by decisioning Alessandro Duran (W 12). He successfully defended both titles three times. Damgaard will be fighting in the U.S. for the first time when he visits Boardwalk Hall to challenge Gatti.

Headlining the undercard will be undefeated featherweight Jason Litzau (16-0, 14 KO’s) who will face his toughest opposition yet as a pro when he challenges former world title challenger Carlos Contreras (20-11-3, 13 KO’s) in a 10 round bout.

Main Events will promote the evening of boxing, in association with Caesars Atlantic City and International Entertainment APS.

Article posted on 28.01.2006

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