Birth Place: Cassino, Lazio, Italy
Record: 40-9-0 (31 KOs)
Height: 5’7 1/2 (171 cm)
Reach: 70 in (178 cm)
Weight Class/Classes: super featherweight, Light welterweight, Welterweight
P4P Ranking: N/A
Arturo Gatti was one of the most entertaining and talented boxers of his time. He started his professional career at the age of 19 in 1991. Born in Calabria, Italy, Gatti later moved to Montreal, Quebec, Canada, where he started training as a part of the Canadian National boxing team. He wanted to compete in the 1992 Olympics, however, he turned pro in 1991 instead and had an incredible career.
After 17 fights, he won his first regional title. He continued to become a world champion in two different weight classes.
However, one of the biggest highlights of Gatti’s career was his fights against Micky ward. These fights weren’t that high profile, but they were just pure fighting at its best. Many experts and fans still say that it is the most entertaining boxing fight of all time.
Gatti retired from Boxing in 2007, and unfortunately, about two years after that, on July 11, 2009, he died at the age of 37. There was a lot of mystery surrounding his death. Gatti was found dead in a hotel room in Brazil, where he was staying with his wife. Though his wife Amanda Rodrigues was charged with first-degree murder by the authorities, after the autopsy, the death was concluded as a suicide. Quite unfortunate that the story of such an incredible boxer had such a tragic end. After his death, Gatti was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame on December 10, 2012.
- Vs Tracy Harris Patterson – Dec 15, 1995 (Won IBF junior lightweight title)
- Vs Joey Gamache – Feb 26, 2000 (faced controversy for gaining too much weight after the weight in)
- Vs Oscar De La Hoya – Mar 24, 2001
- Vs Micky Ward – May 18, 2002
- Vs Micky Ward II – Nov 23, 2002
- Vs Micky Ward III – Jun 7, 2003
- Vs Gianluca Branco – Jan 24, 2004 (Won the vacant WBC super lightweight title)
- Vs Floyd Mayweather Jr. – Jun 25, 2005
Championship belts held:
Throughout his career, Gatti won multiple regional and world titles. He won the USBA junior lightweight title in 1994 and defended it twice the same year. In 1995, he won his first world title, and became the IBF junior lightweight champion, and retained this title for the next five fights.
In 2004, Gatti defeated Gianluca Branco to win the vacant WBC super lightweight title; he also won the IBA welterweight title in 2006.
Awards and Recognition:
- Arturo Gatti vs. Gabriel Ruelas was named Fight of the Year and Knockout of the Year by The Ring in 1997.
- Arturo Gatti vs. Ivan Robinson I was named Fight of the Year and Upset of the Year by The Ring in 1998.
- Arturo Gatti vs. Micky Ward I was named Fight of the Year by the Boxing Writers Association of America and The Ring in 2002
- Gatti was named the Comeback fighter of the Year in 2002 by The Ring.
- Arturo Gatti vs. Micky Ward III was named Fight of the Year by The Ring in 2003.
- Inducted into the International Boxing Hall Of Fame in 2012