Foreman Bash starts off big weekend in Atlantic City
By Rob Scott (January 28, 2005) 
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This weekend boxing’s place to be will definitely be in Atlantic City. On Friday January 28th Roy Foreman, in association with Trump Marina Hotel and Casino, will present “The All Sports Boxing Bash II 2005”. Foreman, as you probably guessed, is the brother of former two-time heavyweight champion ‘Big’ George Foreman has a weekly boxing talk show in the AC and Philadelphia area along with a boxing promotion company based in Houston. He has mustered up a line-up of boxing’s current and past champions to attend the event. Scheduled to attend are names such as former light heavyweight champion Roy Jones Jr. and current undisputed middleweight and pound-for-pound king Bernard ‘the Executioner’ Hopkins. Blasts from the past to make appearances will be Larry Holmes, Mathew Saad Muhammad and Dwight Muhammad Qawi. New Jersey State Athletic Control Board Commissioner Larry Hazzard is yet another dignitary scheduled to be on hand. Along with boxing notables, numerous NFL and Major League stars have given notice to join the festivities. As with the first bash “The All Sports Boxing Bash II 2005” should be a night to remember.

If that’s not enough, Saturday brings thousands to The Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall to see Arturo ‘Thunder’ Gatti, 38-6 (29), make his fifth consecutive appearance in Atlantic City (19 in all), as he defends his WBC super lightweight championship against 'Jesse' James Leija, 47-6-2 (19). Gatti and Leija fight fresh off the heels of ‘Pretty Boy’ Floyd Mayweather’s flawless 8th round knockout performance last weekend against Puerto Rico’s Henry Bruseles. Gatti and Mayweather are scheduled to face one another later this summer, but the veteran Leija is in the position to spoil that potential match-up if he scores the upset of the exciting favorite Gatti. As with all of Gatti’s fights, excitement is guaranteed.

All African eyes will be on the co-feature as IBF junior middleweight champion Kassim ‘The Dream’ Ouma of Uganda makes the first defense of his title against hard-hitting Kofi Jantuah of Ghana. Both fights will be shown live on HBO’s World Championship Boxing.
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