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Arturo Gatti

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  • Nickname: Thunder
  • Date of Birth: 15th April 1972
  • Died: 11th July 2009 (37 years old)
  • Career length: 16 years 1 months
  • Status: Deceased
  • Nationality: Canada Flag Canada
  • Birthplace: Cassino, Lazio, Italy Flag Cassino, Lazio, Italy
  • Residence: Jersey City, New Jersey, USA Flag Jersey City, New Jersey, USA
  • Division: Super Featherweight
  • Height: 171cm
  • Reach: 178cm
  • Stance: Orthodox
  • BoxRec: Arturo Gatti
  • Debut: 10th June 1991

Biography

Arturo Gatti was a Canadian professional boxer who left an indelible mark on the sport through his incredible heart, resilience, and thrilling fights. Born on April 15, 1972, in Montreal, Quebec, Gatti turned professional at 19 and quickly established himself as a force to be reckoned with in the ring.

Throughout his career, Gatti held world titles in two weight classes. In 1995, he captured the IBF junior lightweight title and defended it successfully until 1998. Later, he won the WBC super lightweight title in 2004 and held it until 2005. These achievements demonstrate Gatti's skill and adaptability as a boxer.

However, Gatti's unrelenting spirit and participation in numerous "Fight of the Year" contenders truly endeared him to boxing fans worldwide. He earned this distinction from The Ring magazine an astonishing four times in 1997, 1998, 2002, and 2003. These action-packed bouts showcased Gatti's incredible chin, heart, and ability to absorb punishment while continuously pressing forward.

One of Gatti's most memorable rivalries was his trilogy against Irish Micky Ward. Their first bout in 2002, won by Ward, was named "Fight of the Year," the ninth round was dubbed the "Round of the Century" by Emanuel Steward. Gatti would win the next two fights against Ward, also named "Fight of the Year" in 2002 and 2003. These three fights epitomize Gatti's bravery, determination, and willingness to engage in brutal wars of attrition.

Gatti's aggressive, all-action style made him a fan favourite. He demonstrated tremendous punching power early in his career, scoring numerous first-round knockouts. Even against opponents who could withstand his power, Gatti's relentless pressure and ability to absorb punishment made for thrilling slugfests. His incredible chin and recuperative powers were fully displayed in fights against Wilson Rodriguez, Gabriel Ruelas, Angel Manfredy, Ivan Robinson, Oscar De La Hoya, Micky Ward, Floyd Mayweather, and Carlos Baldomir.

Tragically, Gatti's life was cut short under mysterious circumstances on July 11, 2009, while on holiday with his wife and son in Brazil. Initially ruled a homicide, Brazilian authorities later declared his death a suicide. Subsequent investigations by Canadian and American authorities could not conclusively determine the cause of death, though they uncovered a history of suicidal ideation. Gatti's untimely passing at 37 shocked and saddened the boxing world.

In recognition of his remarkable career and contributions to boxing, Arturo Gatti was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2012, his first year of eligibility. He became the tenth Canadian boxer to receive this honour, cementing his legacy as one of his generation's most beloved and entertaining fighters.

Gatti's impact on the sport extends beyond his record of 40 wins, 9 losses, and 31 knockouts. His heart, courage, and commitment to always giving fans their money's worth made him a true warrior in the ring. Arturo Gatti will forever be remembered as a fighter who embodies the essence of what makes boxing such a compelling and dramatic sport.