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Gatti vs. Gomez: Has Arturo gone a Step Too Far?

arturo gatti25.06.07 - By Luke Tinkler: On the 14th July when the two hard hitting warriors collide the Broadwalk Hall, in Atlantic city, it will be sure to turn into a battle ground reminiscent of the opening scene in Saving Private Ryan.

These two extremely popular fighters love a brawl and this is why, I personally believe, this will be an amazingly exciting fight to watch - one deemed past his prime - the other perhaps underrated - both with a point to prove. Gatti has not been the boxer we know and fell in love with since the beating he received from certain boxer name Pretty Boy Floyd.

Fans and writers alike believed this to be the end of a glittering career for the former two weight champion who began his pro career over 15 years ago. However, a gutsy performance against a solid (at the time unbeaten) Thomas Damgaard - TKO 11 for the vacant IBA Welterweight title showed there was perhaps juice left in the tank for the man they call 'Thunder.'

However, a very clear defeat to the hands of, in my opinion, a very average fighter, Carlos Baldomir, appeared to have signaled the end of Gatti, but he has proved otherwise with two fights scheduled with two up and coming fighters Alfonso Gomez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. He also been stated as saying that he wants to challenge for a welterweight title again. I think otherwise.

To me these two fights hold two fairly lucrative pay days for the 35-year-old who knows himself he doesn't have much left in him. His first opponent, Gomez, who has become increasingly popular since his appearance in Sly Stallone's and HBO's Contender series. His brawling and hard hitting style and never say die attitude coupled with a sense of humor and in many aspect
child like ways has found a massive following, in particular, amongst Mexican-Americans. Due to this exposure, he received for the series and Gatti's already large fan-base, it was always going to be a sure fire hit in terms of ticket sales and TV interest.

The fight with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, however is different. A fight with Gatti is sure to be seen as a step up in standard for the unbeaten 21-year-old son of a Mexican legend. The fight will be seen as can Chavez Jr. ever emulate his father's ability and success and will therefore generate interest from boxing fans.

I believe that both these fights in particular the Gomez war will be too much for Gatti. After three grueling battles with Micky Ward, I think another ring battle with Gomez will be too far and ultimately dangerous for Thunder. I predict losses to both these youngsters, in particular, Gomez whom I believe will brutally beat Gatti, perhaps knocking him out towards the end of the fight and finish the career of one the toughest fighters in boxing history.

Article posted on 25.06.2007



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