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“Night of Thunder: A Tribute to Arturo Gatti”

Posted on 08/24/2009

Bally’s Atlantic City in association with Main Events and Pat Lynch Boxing presents “Night of Thunder: A Tribute to Arturo Gatti”. Teon Kennedy, 13-0, 5 KO’s of Philadelphia, PA, takes on Lante Addy, 6-4, 4 KO’s of Accra, Ghana, in the main event of what promises to be a great evening of local boxing talent, Saturday, Sept. 19th.

Arturo Gatti fought in association with Bally’s so many times everyone involved felt it would be appropriate to honor his memory there. In true Gatti style, the card will be packed with exciting local favorites. Teon Kennedy was the 2004 National Golden Gloves Flyweight Champion, 2X PA Golden Gloves Champion and is widely considered the best super bantamweight fighter on the east coast. Lante Addy is the former WBO Intercontinental Bantamweight Champion and is currently the West African Bantamweight Champion.

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, is making his pro debut on August 27th 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 will be at Bally’s Atlantic City. Tickets go on sale Monday August 24th. Ticket prices $75 & $50. Available through Ticketmaster 800-745-3000, and all Ticketmaster outlets. Doors 7pm, 1st bout 7:30pm.

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