OriginJersey City, New Jersey, USA
Gatti didn't have the skills of Mayweather or De La Hoya but was a true world champion who was absolutely electrifying to watch. He fought the best of his day - and while he won some and lost some, he always gave fight fans 110% mesmerizing us with his grit and 'never say die' attitude.
A Canadian, Gatti was born in Cassino, Italy, and raised in Montreal, Canada, He would later relocate to Jersey City, United States as a teenager and return to Montreal after retiring from boxing.
Gatti won world championships in two different weight classes and participated in Ring Magazine's Fight of the Year four times (1997, 1998, 2002 and 2003). He announced his retirement on July 14, 2007.
On December 15, 1995, Gatti challenged the IBF's world super featherweight champion, Floyd Patterson's adoptive son Tracy Harris Patterson. Gatti became world champion when he narrowly outpointed Patterson and signed a multi-fight deal with HBO to fight on HBO Boxing.
He only had two fights in 1996, once defending his world title. His title defense against Dominican Wilson Rodriguez was the first of three Gatti fights in a row to be named a candidate for Fight of the Year by Ring Magazine. Dropped in round two and with his right eye closing fast, Gatti knocked Rodriguez down in round five with a left hook to the body, before finishing him off in round six to retain the title.
In 1997, he again won a points victory over Patterson, but this time by a larger margin. He then scored a technical knockout over former world champion Calvin Grove in round seven of a non-title affair. Then came his defense against former world champion Gabriel Ruelas, which was also named Fight of the Year by Ring Magazine. Rocked by a left uppercut in the fourth, Gatti absorbed more than 15 consecutive punches before being saved by the bell. In the fifth, he connected on a left hook to knock Ruelas out.
"Thunder" Gatti relinquished the world title, going up in weight to the lightweight division. However, 1998 was a bad year for Gatti, as he lost all three of his fights that year. He lost by a TKO in round eight to Angel Manfredy, and then lost a pair of close decisions in 10 rounds to Ivan Robinson. Nevertheless, Gatti-Robinson I was chosen Fight of the Year by Ring Magazine.
He only had one fight in 1999, knocking out Reyes Munoz in round one.
After going 3-0 in 2000, Gatti went up in weight to meet welterweight Oscar de la Hoya in 2001. The legend earned a fifth round TKO over Gatti.
Gatti returned to the junior welterweight division and defeated former world champion Terronn Millett by a knockout in round four. He then split two ten round decisions with "Irish" Micky Ward, losing their first bout, but winning their second. Gatti-Ward I also earned Fight of the Year honors by Ring Magazine and the 9th round was called the 'Round of the Century' by Emanuel Steward.
On June 7, 2003, he and Ward had a rubber match. Gatti broke his twice-repaired right hand on an uppercut to the hip in the fourth, and he dropped his arm. In the sixth, Gatti dominated the round but got caught with an overhand right to the top of the head a second before the bell rang and went down. Gatti won their third and last encounter via a unanimous decision. The fight was named Fight of the Year by Ring Magazine.
On January 24, 2004, Gatti also recovered from a broken hand, scored a tenth round knock-down and defeated Gianluca Branco of Italy by a 12 round unanimous decision to win the vacant WBC junior welterweight title.And five months later he knocked out the previously unbeaten former world champion Leonard Dorin Doroftei in two rounds at Atlantic City, to retain his title.
Gatti announced his retirement in 2007. On July 11, 2009, while on his second honeymoon in Porto de Galinhas, Brazil, Gatti was found dead in his hotel room.
- Very durable; Great chin
- Tremendous heart
- Hard left hook
- Dangerous when hurt
Considered one of the most exciting top-level fighters in boxing history.
Participated 4 times in Ring Magazine's "Fight of the Year" (1996, 1997, 1998 and 2002)
22 of 28 KO's occurred in the first three rounds
78% of his wins came by KO
His three epic bouts against Micky Ward are recognized as one of the greatest trilogies in boxing history.
Gatti's final win came in January 1996 against Thomas Damgaard, a Danish fighter whose record was 37-0, 27 KOs.
Arturo was a very popular fighter who had a strong fan base.
The Brazilian authorities initially ruled Gatti's death a homicide, but further studies revealed it was a suicide. Yet, the circumstances concerning Gatti's death remain unclear.
Major World Titles
WBC Light Welterweight
Arturo Gatti was a member of the Canadian National team, and was training to represent Canada at the 1992 Summer Games, but at age 19 (in 1991), he decided to turn pro instead.
"I'd say that Arturo Gatti singlehandedly revived boxing in the state of New Jersey and especially in Atlantic City...''
Former State Boxing Commissioner, Larry Hazzard
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