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July 14, 2007 was all set to be a big night of boxing in Atlantic City, New Jersey. A capacity crowd traveled to Boardwalk Hall to watch Arturo Gatti kick-start another title run.
What was built up as a good tune-up fight for the “Blood and Guts Warrior” will go down as the day a one-time legend was put to pasture, professional boxing style.
The main event of this HBO telecast wasn’t even close. Round by round, Mexico’s Alfonso Gomez pounded away at the head and body of Gatti. It was a one-sided shellacking that was hard to watch at the end.
It all came crashing down in the 7th rounds, when Gomez pinned Gatti on the ropes and fired away until the former champion collapsed to the canvas – cause the referee to wave the fight off, no ten-count needed.
With the win, Gomez improves to 17 – 3 – 2, 8ko’s and becomes the first member of The Contender series to score a notable win victory on a national level. After the fight he called out Julio Ceasar Chavez Jr.
Fortunately, Gatti was not permanently injured and smartly announced his retirement – saying “I can’t make 140 pounds and my punch isn’t the same at 147 pounds – so hasta la vista, baby!” “I can’t take this abuse anymore. I’m coming back – as a spectator. I’m retired.”
The co-feature was an IBF Welterweight title fight as Reading, PA native Kermit “The Killer” Cintron defended his strap against Walter Mathysse of Argentina.
On paper it looked like an even match-up between two fighters with high knock out percentages. In the ring – Kermit Cintron showed why his nickname is “Killer” – he blasted Matthyssee out of the ring :29 seconds into the second round.
It was evident that Walter Mathysse doesn’t belong in the ring with this level of competition. Cintron, now under the tutelage of Emmanuel Stewart, inches his way closer to a high profile fight against a world class opponent. There is still a ways to go before he fully restores the luster his name lost at the hands of Antonio Margarito.
With the win, Cintron improves to 28 – 1 with 26 ko’s and promptly called for a showdown against “Sugar” Shane Mosley.
On the undercard….
Giovanni Lorenzo scored a 3rd round TKO over Sharwin Davis
Pawel Wolak scored a 2nd round TKO over Edgar Reyes
Henry Crawford needed only :35 seconds in the 1st to dispose of Josh Hammock
Raul Martinez made Evaristo Primero quit on the stool after 5.
Kaseem Wilson took a one sided unanimous decision over Sergio Garcia
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