Two-time world champion and fan-favorite 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, it was announced today by Main Events CEO Kathy Duva. The bout— which will be Gatti’s first at welterweight—will be televised on HBO’s “World Championship Boxing” series beginning at 9:45 pm ET/6:45 pm PT. 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
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 ESPN.com 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.
Main Events will promote the evening of boxing, in association with Caesars Atlantic City and International Entertainment APS.