On June 7, 2003, Gatti 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.
The final scorecards read, 96–93, 96–93 and 97–92, in favor of Gatti. The third fight between the two was again named "Fight of the Year" by Ring Magazine.
Gatti vs Ward I & III are also part of HBO's 10 best fights of the decade.
HBO Boxing: Fights of the Decade - Gatti vs. Ward III (HBO) HBO