31.07.04 – Fresh of his “body shot felt around the world” that crippled former world champion Leonard Dorin on July 24 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ, WBC super lightweight champion Arturo Gatti has informed Main Events that he wishes to defend his title again before year’s end, it was announced today by Main Events CEO Kathy Duva. Gatti has made it clear that he plans to return immediately to training camp to prepare for a November or December bout.
“I intend to fight again before the end of the year, maybe even on pay-per-view,” said Gatti. “The body shot I ended my fight against Dorin with was a blessing because I came out of the fight without any injuries. But it also prevented me from getting the rounds that I wanted. I don’t want to wait till next year to fight again because it will mean that I’ll have only fought two rounds in almost a full year.”