The Anchorage boxer, kidney donor and father known as Billy Gibby is now officially named HostGator Dotcom. Yeah, that's what his Alaska driver's license says. AOL News has a picture of it. Billy has for years been selling tattoo space on his body to the highest bidder -- the big Chilkoot Charlie's logo on his left shoulder is just the beginning. "I can't wait to see the look on people's faces when they announce me into the ring for a fight with, 'Please welcome HostGator Dotcom,' " Billy tells AOL News. (HostGator is a website hosting outfit.) But Billy says he's "in the process of doing what may be my final tattoo ad." You'll have to read the article to find out where it will be. Billy announces his name change and describes his business model in a YouTube video posted recently. Jump below the video for a 2007 ADN interview with Gibby.
By VAN WILLIAMS / Anchorage Daily News (Oct. 5, 2007)
Billy Gibby, 26, is a Thursday Night Fights veteran, having fought 10 times. He said this week's fight, though, was just his second in two years since donating a kidney to his friend, Kathy Lee.
He admits he's not the fighter he used to be, a small side effect for saving his friend's life.
"I can't get my midsection tight anymore. Like before I had a six-pack, but after the surgery it's like flabby, " Gibby said with a laugh. "It makes you appreciate life a lot more. When you see people barely alive, it really makes you look at your life a lot more differently."
Now he turns to Rocky Balboa for inspiration.
"I love Rocky, that's my favorite movie, " Gibby said. "When I hear 'Eye of the Tiger, ' it just makes me feel like I'm Rocky. I like the underdog and everything."