(AP) - For boxing fans hoping to see another round of rock 'em sock 'em robots from Arturo Gatti, forget it. At least, that's how the perpetual
punching machine sees his next fight shaping up, when he defends his WBC super lightweight title against Leonard Dorin on July 24 at Atlantic City.
"I don't see myself getting into a slugfest with him," Gatti said Tuesday.
Instead, Gatti said he intends to move around a lot against the smaller, top-ranked contender.
Quite a departure from Gatti's usual style. His action-packed bouts typically leave both fighters bruised and bloodied - in three thrilling fights
with Micky Ward, Gatti won despite breaking his right hand and left his opponent with a broken eardrum.
The 140-pound Gatti figures a 12-round jab-fest might be just as entertaining for his followers.
"My family, friends and fans know me, they've seen what I can do," he said. "I can be a good boxer, a good brawler, a guy who can get up off the
Gatti (37-6, 28 knockouts) won a unanimous 12-round decision over Gianluca Branco in January. Gatti won despite reinjuring the right hand he broke
against Ward in June 2003.
Gatti worried that he had again broken his hand against Branco. Instead, he'd hurt a ligament, and he's been sparring with specially made gloves
recently to ease the pain.
Dorin (22-0-1, eight knockouts) won the WBA lightweight crown in January 2002 with a split decision over champion Raul Balbi. He moved to the
140-pound division and beat Chucky Tschorniawsky in four rounds in March.
"I hope it's going to be a good show," Dorin said. "He's strong and I'm strong, too. He's fast, and I'm fast, too."
Wearing sunglasses and with his hat flipped backward, Gatti didn't seem too worried.
Gatti was already looking ahead, figuring his next bout would be against former IBF lightweight champion Paul Spadafora (37-0-1). The only blemish on
Spadafora's record was a draw against Dorin last May.
Beyond that, Gatti would like to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. Fighting for the first time as a junior welterweight, Mayweather beat DeMarcus "Chop Chop"
Corley last weekend.
While Gatti is thinking about a win, he's well aware what his family and friends want. He said he can feel them wincing when they see his purple,
swollen face after one of his typical slugfests.
"They just don't want me to get hurt," he said. "So far, I haven't been."
The undercard on July 24 includes a 10-round junior welterweight bout between Francisco Bojado and James Leija.
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