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BY David A. Avila ON July 18, 2006
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WBC titleholder Carlos Baldomir defends against Arturo Gatti

WBC welterweight titleholder Carlos Baldomir faces challenger Arturo Gatti in Atlantic City on Saturday. The fight will be shown on HBO.

Baldomir (42-9-6) is perhaps the most unknown of all the champions despite his clear defeat of huge favorite Zab Judah last January in the upset of the year. The Argentine defends the one title he won from Gatti (40-7) who captured the IBA title against Thomas Damgaard in January. The winner could face WBA welterweight titleholder Ricky Hatton. Baldomir trains in Los Angeles. Gatti trains in Florida.

Baldomir possesses strength, endurance and the guts to fight anyone in the world. But he doesn’t have power or speed. The Argentine is trained by Amilcar Brusa, who formerly trained middleweight great Carlos Monzon back in the 60s and 70s. Put them together and you’ve got a rugged straight-ahead fighter who knows what to do inside the ropes.

Gatti beat Thomas Damgaard, a fighter who resembles Baldomir in style. What separates the two is Baldomir has fought and sparred with better talent living in Los Angeles. The LB4LB Gym where he works out is about four miles from the Wild Card Gym.

Martin Castillo in Japan
Once again Martin “El Gallo” Castillo (30-1) travels to Japan to defend his WBA junior bantamweight title. It’s Castillo’s third trip to Japan. He faces Nobuo Nashiro (7-0) on Saturday at the Higashiosaka Arena. Castillo is one of the best fighters in the world, but it’s always tough fighting in Asia unless a fighter scores one or more knockdowns.

Winky Wright joined forces with Golden Boy on Saturday
Right after Sugar Shane Mosley’s knockout victory over Fernando Vargas, Golden Boy Promotions announced during the post fight press conference that Wright’s boxing promotion company signed to merge with the Los Angeles-based Golden Boy Promotions.

Winky Promotions will keep the name.

“This is a big step for Winky Promotions. Everybody thought it was going to be a joke,” said Wright. “We came in the backdoor. Now we’re trying to do the right thing and try and make boxers as much money as they can.”

Oscar De La Hoya, Bernard Hopkins, Marco Antonio Barrera and Mosley shook hands with their new partner.

“We’re extremely proud to be in a strategic alliance with Winky Promotions,” said De La Hoya.

Floyd Jr. and Oscar
Considered boxing’s best fighter pound for pound, Floyd Mayweather Jr. was present at the Shane Mosley and Fernando Vargas rematch. Mayweather said he will be fighting in November and will announce the opponent possibly this week. The bad news is Oscar De La Hoya was present when Mosley said he plans to fight Mayweather next year. Does that mean De La Hoya is retiring? The Golden Boy made no movement when Mosley blurt out about the possibility of a match with Mayweather.

Antonio Margarito and Winky?
The WBO welterweight titleholder considered the most dangerous man in the division could possibly fight Winky Wright says Antonio Margarito’s manager Sergio Diaz. “We offered the fight about a week ago but they told us no,” said Diaz while at the press room in Las Vegas this past Saturday. “But the last few days Wright has been calling us saying he is reconsidering the fight.” Wright never mentioned the possibility of fighting Margarito during his press speech. But Diaz doesn’t exaggerate and Margarito does not care if it’s Winky, Floyd, Shane or Oscar. “Anyone of those fighters is fine with me,” said Margarito looking like a natural middleweight.

Sergio Mora
Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora is currently working out in Montebello, California with several sparring partners including Roger Vargas, the younger brother of Fernando Vargas. Vargas said he’s returning to the ring after a lengthy absence. Mora is scheduled to fight Eric Regan in Sacramento on Aug. 25, at the Arco Arena.  If he gets by Regan, then middleweight champion Jermain Taylor could be next.

Paul Williams
Goossen Tutor Promotions announced Paul Williams will meet Sharmba Mitchell in a welterweight contest on Aug. 19, in Reno at the Reno Events Center. Williams was supposed to face the winner of the Carlos Quintana and Joel Julio bout but things didn’t work out. Former junior welterweight world titleholder Mitchell should give big Williams a stiff test. He won his last bout against Jose Luis Cruz by close decision in his last bout.  Andre Ward should also be on the card.

Hasim Rahman in Big Bear
Hasim Rahman has set camp in Big Bear to prepare for his upcoming rematch and defense of the WBC heavyweight title on Aug. 12 against Oleg Maskaev. The world title fight takes place at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas. Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola is one of the sparring partners.

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