“Night of Thunder: A Tribute to Arturo Gatti” will take place on September 19th at Bally’s Atlantic City to honor Gatti’s memory since he fought so many times in Atlantic City in association with Bally’s. The card will feature unbeaten super bantamweight Teon Kennedy (13-0, 5 KOs) against Lante Addy (6-4, 4 KOs) in the main event. Kennedy was the 2004 National Golden Gloves flyweight champion, two-time PA Golden Gloves champion and is widely considered the best super bantamweight fighter on the east coast. Lante Addy is the former WBO Intercontinental beltholder champion and is currently the West African bantamweight titlist.
On the undercard, Anthony Flores, Philadelphia, PA 8-0, 5KO’s will be featured in a 6-round super featherweight bout against Victor Valenzuela, 6-0, 1 KO of Passaic, NJ. Atlantic City fighter, Alfred Kinsey, 6-3-1, 3 KO’s will battle Philadelphia’s Garrett Wilson, 4-2, 2 KO’s in a 6 round light heavyweight fight. Also on the card will be Jason Escalera, a light heavyweight from Union City, NJ, 6-0, 6 KO’s in a 6 round bout, opponent TBA. Steven Martinez from Bronx, NY, who is making his pro debut on August 27th will be in a 4 round bout, opponent TBA. Newcomers, Josh Mercado of Cape May, 1-0, will fight a welterweight 4 rounder against Joel Nieves of Allentown, PA, in Nieves’ pro debut.
“Bally’s is very pleased to participate in this special night of boxing featuring a ‘Tribute to Arturo Gatti’. Bally’s and Caesars sponsored the majority of Arturo’s fights in Atlantic City. It is time we acknowledge Arturo for not only his championship boxing ability but also his tremendous support of the Atlantic City community,” said Ken Condon, Sports and Entertainment Consultant for Harrah’s Entertainment.
Arturo Gatti’s manager, Pat Lynch, said, “So many of the people who came to Gatti’s nine straight sellouts in AC, including fights 2 and 3 of the legendary Gatti-Ward series, want to get together one more time and toast his memory.”
“Our matchmaker Russell Peltz is putting together a card that will live up to the Gatti tradition. There are many local fighters known for their exciting performances. The fighters who were chosen have quite a legacy to live up to“ said Main Events CEO, Kathy Duva.
The event, presented by Bally’s Atlantic City in association with Main Events and Pat Lynch Boxing, will be at Bally’s Atlantic City. Tickets go on sale today. Ticket prices $75 & $50. Available through Ticketmaster 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster outlets. Doors 7pm, 1st bout 7:30pm.