2004-01-24 Arturo Gatti w pts 12 Gianluca Branco, Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA - WBC
2004-01-24 Arturo Gatti w pts 12 Gianluca Branco, Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA - WBC. Referee: Rudy Battle. Scorecards: 116-111, 115-112, 116-111. Contesting the title which became vacant due to Kostya Tszyu’s enforced absence, Gatti (140) won clearly enough, but after breaking his right hand in the fifth round he was forced to rely on the left. Branco (140) was no slouch when it came to attack, having a rapier-like left jab and a fair right hand, but he was too upright, a failing that was more often than not exploited by Gatti. The only knockdown came late in the tenth when Gatti exploded a left hook on Branco’s jaw, but he failed to take advantage of the situation and the Italian was let off the hook. Still dazed in the 11th, Branco was caught by the left jabs throughout the session and although another heavy left hook nearly dropped him in the 12th he was still there at the final bell.