2005-06-25 Floyd Mayweather Jr w rtd 6 Arturo Gatti, Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA - WBC
2005-06-25 Floyd Mayweather Jr w rtd 6 Arturo Gatti, Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA - WBC. Referee: Earl Morton. Exuding quality, class and confidence, Mayweather (139) backed up his boasts that he would win the title when forcing Gatti (140) to retire on his stool at the end of the sixth following a one-sided beating. Down in the first round from a left hook after being hit by punches coming in at blinding speed, if Gatti did not know it was going to be a hard night beforehand he knew it at that moment. For round after round it was torment for Gatti as he just kept taking leather, Mayweather could not miss, and after being battered non-stop in the sixth the champion was wisely retired on his stool at the end of the session.
Mayweather relinquished the WBC title in March 2006 on moving up a division to meet Zab Judah for the IBF title, which was followed by Junior Witter, who had beaten Lovemore Ndou (w pts 12 at the Staples Centre, Los Angeles, California on 19 February 2005) in an eliminator, and DeMarcus Corley being matched to find a new champion.