Boxing News: Gatti-Leija Fight Card Quick Facts
Hall of Fame Corners
Four of the five trainers working the televised portion of the Jan 29 fight card are former world champions. The sole trainer who isn't a former world champion is a former NABF champion who twice challenged for a world title.
Trainer of Arturo Gatti: James "Buddy" McGirt (former IBF jr. welterweight and WBC welterweight champion)
Trainer of Jesse James Leija: Ronnie Shields (former NABF jr. welterweight champion; fought twice for WBC world jr. welterweight crown)
Trainer of Kassim Ouma: Tim Witherspoon (former WBA world heavyweight champion)
Trainers of Kofi Jantuah: Mike McCallum and Johnny Bumphus (McCallum: WBA former jr. middleweight, WBA middleweight, and WBC light heavyweight champion) (Bumphus: former WBA world jr. welterweight champion)
Gatti talks to Max Kellerman
Arturo Gatti appeared yesterday on Max Kellerman’s “I-Max” program on FOX Sports. Among the questions posed by Kellerman to Gatti was, “Pick one: Beyonce or J Lo?”
Gatti’s response: “Just put me in the middle.”
Stars come out to see Gatti-Leija
NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr and rocker Jon Bon Jovi are expected to appear at Saturday’s Gatti-Leija bout.
See it on HBO Boxing
The HBO broadcast for the Jan 29 fight card begins at 9:45 pm ET/6:45 pm PT