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