Friday, July 21, 2006
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - Sycuan Ringside Promotions has expressed disappointment and concern that the New Jersey Athletic Control Board (NJACB) has selected an inexperienced referee to work the Carlos Baldomir-Arturo Gatti World Boxing Council (WBC) welterweight championship bout Saturday in Atlantic City, N.J.
The NJACB has announced that Wayne Hedgepeth, who has worked only two 12- and four 10-round fights during the past eight-plus years, will be the referee.
“I can’t fathom why a referee with limited experience has been selected to work a fight the magnitude of Baldomir-Gatti, a grueling bout featuring two demanding styles,” said Scott Woodworth, vice president of Sycuan Ringside Promotions, which is Baldomir’s promoter. “There is no question that we at Sycuan Ringside Promotions object to the selection of Hedgepeth at this time.
“What is a question, though, is why Gatti’s promoters are not concerned about this inexperienced referee.”
A sell-out crowd has been announced for the 12-round bout that will be televised on HBO at 10 ET/7 PT.
Unbeaten in his past 20 fights, Baldomir (42-9-6, 12 KOs) of Santa Fe, Argentina, won the WBC welterweight title with a 12-round decision over Zab Judah Jan. 7, 2006, in New York. Gatti (40-7, 31 KOs) of Jersey City, N.J., has fought his past seven fights in Atlantic City and 21 in all.
Thursday, July 20, 2006
Carlos Baldomir is known for fighting in the hometowns of his opponents, a somewhat unorthodox approach towards his fights. So far, he has been pretty successful at doing it, winning the majority of his fights. However his fight against Arturo Gatti on Saturday night is going to test his approach like never before. Gatti has already ensured an exciting victory in front of his local fans in Atlantic City.
ESPN: Resilient Baldomir ready to take on Gatti
New York Daily News: Gatti’s hook reels in Tuna
Ringside Report: A Career Defining Fight for Boxing’s Most Popular Brawler
The Sweet Science: Gatti ’s Bang-Up Rep In New York
North Jersey Herald: Longtime manager always in Gatti’s corner Baldomir used to fighting on ‘road’
Eastside Boxing: Baldomir and Gatti ready for War
Seconds Out: Gatti knows he’s in for a battle
Saturday, April 15, 2006
Arturo Gatti now has another reason to fight hard - his newborn daughter. Gatti and his girlfriend Erika gave birth to a girl - Sophia Bella Gatti, about two weeks ago. Gatti has said that fans will get to see how hard he is going to fight for his daughter in his July 22nd bout against Carlos Baldomir in Atlantic City.
Video from ESPN Motion: Arturo Gatti Looks for Another Title
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
You knew it was coming. Now, it’s official:
Welterweight champ Carlos Baldomir of Argentina, who pulled off a shocking upset of Zab Judah to win the title, will make his first defense against Arturo “Thunder” Gatti, organizers announced Wednesday.
The fight, a poorly kept secret for the past few weeks, will take place on July 22 (HBO) at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J., where the popular Gatti has drawn virtual sell-out crowds for his past seven fights.