04.09.05 - By Per-Åke Persson: Team Palle have announced that the former EBU champ at jr welter and welter, Thomas Damgaard will take on Arturo Gatti in a scheduled non-title ten-rounder January 28 in Atlantic City with Main Events promoting. Damgaard has already begun training in Copenhagen under Poul Duvill.. This is an exciting matchup between two veterans who have been through a lot in their careers. The winner is likely to be the one who have most left. Gatti must be regarded as a clear favourite but Damgaard is the kind of fighter you never can write off.
Norwegian Viking Boxing Promotions have put out a press release to clarify on going rumors about the company´s financial status. VBP, headed by Randolf Dahl and Robert Walstad, confirms that it´s tough to get sponsors. The next- the third - VBP show is set for September 17 in Ilsenburg with Geir Inge Jorgensen, Reidar Walstad and Kim Jensen on the bill and VBP is working hard at the moment to get their part of the event (SES promotes the main part of the show with Dirk Dzemski as headliner) off the ground. VBP have a network deal with TV 2 for eight shows during 2005-06 but writes they have fallen behind on their schedule.
It appears that Nigerian heavy Richard Bango could be the one for WBC Int´l champ Sinan Samil Sam October 29.
Florida-based Swedish welter Benjamin Kalinovic expects to back in the ring September 23 in Texas. Kalinovic says he´s had managerial problems but they are now solved.