26.10.05 – Arturo Gatti and Micky Ward, two fighters who will forever be linked thanks to their epic trilogy in 2002 -2003, will join forces on October 27 to combat pediatric cancer, it was announced today by Main Events CEO Kathy Duva. The two will appear at the 4th Annual “Chicago Labor’s Fight Night” event, which will take place on October 27 at the Chicago Athletic Association (located at 12 S. Michigan Ave) beginning at 6:30pm.
Approximately 200-250 representatives from labor (union officials, trustees, fire, police, etc.) and the investment industry (investment consultants and money managers) will come together to raise money for “Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation”. Gatti and Ward will sign autographs and take photos with the guests in attendance.
The “Bear Necessities pediatric Cancer Foundation” was created by Kathleen Casey in 1993 “in memory of my precious son ‘Bear’ who fought a very courageous battle with Wilm’s Tumor, a form of pediatric cancer. The organization we created to serve Bear’s request and his memory is now a national organization funding research toward the eradication of pediatric cancer and, in the process, serving all children who reside or are being treated in Illinois hospitals with pediatric oncology departments through our Small Miracle Program.”
Gatti will return to the ring on Jan 28, 2006, in a 12 round bout against Thomas Damgaard for the vacant IBA welterweight championship. The bout will take place at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ, and will be televised on HBO. Gatti (39-7, 30 KO’s) is a two-time world champion. Damgaard (37-0, 27 KO’s) is ranked #5 by The Ring magazine.
Tickets, which will go on sale on November 12, are priced at $300, $200, $150, $100, and $50, and will be available at the Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall Box Office, by calling TicketMaster at 1-800-736-1420, or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com.