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'''Arturo Gatti''' started his boxing career in 1991 at age 19 to become one of the most successful and exciting Canadian boxers in history. He was involved in four [[Ring Magazine Fight of the Year]] bouts. He [[Tracy Harris Patterson vs. Arturo Gatti (1st meeting)|won]] the [[IBF]] 130 lb. title against [[Tracy Harris Patterson]] in 1995, then defended it three times before relinquishing his belt to move up to 135 pounds. It was at that weight when Gatti lost to [[Angel Manfredy]] and [[Ivan Robinson]] in three consecutive fights. Some people called for his retirement after losing three in a row, and not winning a single fight in 1998. Gatti roared back, however, and in 1999 and 2000 he ran up a string of victories before fighting [[Oscar De La Hoya]].  
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'''Arturo Gatti''' was one of the most exciting boxers in history. He won world titles in two weight divisions and was involved in [[Ring Magazine Fight of the Year|The Ring Magazine "Fight of the Year"]] four times.  
  
Gatti lost handily to De La Hoya, but his courage was shown by refusing to quit and fighting on, after being dropped in the first round. A few fights later Gatti would engage in a three-fight trilogy with [[Micky Ward]]. After this trilogy, Gatti was ranked the Number One Contender by the [[WBC]] in the light welterweight class, so a fight was scheduled for the vacant title against [[Gianluca Branco]]. Gatti won the [[Arturo Gatti vs. Gianluca Branco|fight]], and became a two-time champion, something many felt he would never be able to accomplish.  
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Gatti was born in Italy on April 15, 1972. While still a young boy, the Gatii family emigrated to Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Living in the Little Italy section of Montreal, Gatti developed a passion for soccer and hockey but eventually followed in the footsteps of his older brother, [[Joe Gatti]], and became a boxer.
  
Gatti then [[Arturo Gatti vs. Leonard Dorin|stopped]] [[Leonard Dorin]], who had never been knocked out before. He followed this with a [[Arturo Gatti vs. Jesse James Leija|victory]] over former champion [[Jesse James Leija]]. Finally a fight was set up between Gatti and the highly-regarded [[Floyd Mayweather Jr.]], in June of 2005. Gatti lost this [[Arturo Gatti vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr.|bout]], having been completely dominated and eventually stopped. On July 22, 2006, Gatti lost to [[Carlos Manuel Baldomir]] by a [[Carlos Manuel Baldomir vs. Arturo Gatti|ninth round stoppage]] in his bid to win the WBC welterweight title.
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After representing Canada at the 1991 World Junior Championships in Peru, Gatti turned professional at age 19. Three years later, he stopped [[Pete Taliaferro]] in one round to win the [[USBA]] Junior Lightweight Title. Gatti won his first world title in 1995, [[Tracy Harris Patterson vs. Arturo Gatti (1st meeting)|outpointing]] [[Tracy Harris Patterson]] to win the [[IBF]] Junior Lightweight Championship. In his first defense, Gatti had to get off the floor to stop [[Wilson Rodriguez]] in six exciting rounds. After outpointing Patterson in a rematch, Gatti stopped [[Gabriel Ruelas]] in four thrilling rounds. [[The Ring Magazine]] named it "Fight of the Year" for 1997.  
  
Gatti announced his retirement in 2007.<BR>
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After three successful title defenses, Gatti vacated the title and moved up to lightweight in 1998. He was stopped on a cut against [[Angel Manfredy]] and then lost two brutal fights to [[Ivan Robinson]] by decision. The first Robinson fight was named 1998 "Fight of the Year" by The Ring Magazine. Some people called for his retirement after losing three grueling fights in a row, but Gatti continued to fight. He moved up to junior welterweight and won four straight fights before being dominated and stopped by [[Oscar De La Hoya]] at welterweight.
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Brother of [[Joe Gatti]]
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Gatti engaged in a great trilogy with [[Micky Ward]] in 2002 and 2003. Ward won the first fight and Gatti won the next two. The Ring Magazine named the first fight the 2002 "Fight of the Year" and the third fight got the honor for 2003.
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Gatti [[Arturo Gatti vs. Gianluca Branco|outpointed]] [[Gianluca Branco]] in 2004 to win the vacant [[WBC]] Super Lightweight Championship, becoming a two-time champion, something many felt he would never be able to accomplish. In his first title defense, Gatti [[Arturo Gatti vs. Leonard Dorin|knocked out]] undefeated former lightweight champion [[Leonard Dorin]] with a left hook to the body. He followed the Dorin fight with a [[Arturo Gatti vs. Jesse James Leija|knockout]] of former junior lightweight champion [[Jesse James Leija]].
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Gatti made his third defense against the highly-regarded [[Floyd Mayweather Jr.]] in 2005. Gatti was no match for Mayweather, who completely dominated the fight until Gatti's corner stopped it after the [[Arturo Gatti vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr.|sixth round]].
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After stopping undefeated [[Thomas Damgaard]] to win the lightly regarded [[IBA]] Welterweight Championship in 2006, Gatti challenged [[Carlos Manuel Baldomir]] for the [[WBC]] Welterweight Championship and was stopped in [[Carlos Manuel Baldomir vs. Arturo Gatti|nine rounds]].
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Gatti retired in 2007 after being knocked out by [[Alfonso Gomez]].
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Gatti was inducted into the [[International Boxing Hall of Fame]] in 2013.
  
 
==Death==
 
==Death==
Gatti was found dead at 6:00 a.m., July 11, 2009, while on his second honeymoon in Porto de Galinhas, Brazil. He was found in his underwear, with blood stains on his neck and the back of his head. He was scheduled to testify in a trial in New York a few days later in a lawsuit filed against the New York State Athletic Commission by former opponent [[Joey Gamache]]. [http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/more_sports/2009/07/11/2009-07-11_arturo_gatti_former_boxer_found_dead_on_honeymoon_in_brazil.html]
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Gatti was found dead with blood stains on his neck and the back of his head at about 6:00 a.m. on July 11, 2009. He was on his second honeymoon with his Brazilian wife, Amanda Rodgrigues, in Porto de Galinhas, Brazil. The following day, it was announced that Amanda Rodgrigues had been charged with murder and arrested by authorities. Early reports alleged that Gatti was struck multiple times in the back of the head and then apparently strangled with a purse strap while unconscious. On July 30, 2009, authorities in Brazil ruled Gatti's death a suicide and ordered the release of Rodrigues. During a 2011 civil trial in Gatti's native Montreal, the Quebec coroner ruled that there was no evidence of foul play in the ex-boxer's death and a Quebec judge awarded Rodrigues the entire Gatti estate. She still faced a wrongful-death suit filed in New Jersey against her by Gatti's ex-wife, Erika Rivera, but that was dismissed in 2012 by a New Jersey judge.
The following day, it was announced that Gatti's Brazilian wife, Amanda Rodgrigues, had been charged with the murder and arrested by authorities.[http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/07/12/AR2009071201987.html] Early reports allege that Gatti was struck multiple time in the back of the head then apparently strangled with a purse strap while unconcious.[http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/more_sports/2009/07/12/2009-07-12_police_arrest_wife_of_slain_boxer_gatti.html] On July 30, authorities in Brazil ruled Gatti's death a suicide, and ordered the release of Gatti's wife. [http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/more_sports/2009/07/30/2009-07-30_boxing_arturo_gatti_wasnt_murdered.html]
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==Awards and Recognitions==
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==Awards and Recognition==
*[[Ring Magazine Fight of the Year]]: 1997 ([[Arturo Gatti vs. Gabriel Ruelas|W KO5]] [[Gabriel Ruelas]]), 1998 ([[Arturo Gatti vs. Ivan Robinson (1st meeting)|L 10]] Ivan Robinson), 2002 ([[Arturo Gatti vs. Micky Ward (1st meeting)|L 10]] Micky Ward), 2003 ([[Arturo Gatti vs. Micky Ward (3rd meeting)|W 10]] Micky Ward)
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*[[The Ring Magazine]] named Gatti's [[Arturo Gatti vs. Gabriel Ruelas|fight]] with [[Gabriel Ruelas]] [[Ring Magazine Fight of the Year|"Fight of the Year"]] and [[Ring Magazine Knockout of the Year|"Knockout of the Year"]] for 1997.
*[[Ring Magazine Knockout of the Year]]: 1997 (W KO5 Gabriel Ruelas)
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*The Ring Magazine named Gatti's first [[Arturo Gatti vs. Ivan Robinson (1st meeting)|loss]] to [[Ivan Robinson]] "Fight of the Year" and [[Ring Magazine Upset of the Year|"Upset of the Year"]] for 1998.
*[[Ring Magazine Upset of the Year]]: 1998 (L 10 Ivan Robinson)
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*The Ring Magazine and the [[Boxing Writers Association of America]] named Gatti's first [[Arturo Gatti vs. Micky Ward (1st meeting)|fight]] with [[Micky Ward]] "Fight of the Year" for 2002.
*Named [[The Ring Magazine|''The Ring'']] magazine [[Ring Magazine Comeback of the Year|Comeback of the Year]] fighter for 2002.
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*The Ring Magazine named Gatti the [[Ring Magazine Comeback of the Year|Comeback of the Year]] fighter for 2002.
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*The Ring Magazine named Gatti's third [[Arturo Gatti vs. Micky Ward (3rd meeting)|fight]] with Micky Ward "Fight of the Year" for 2003.  
  
 
==Comments==
 
==Comments==
"''He was the greatest action fighter of our era and maybe one of the top two or three action fighters of all time''." ESPN's [[Dan Rafael]] on Friday Night Fights 7/17/09
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"He was the greatest action fighter of our era and maybe one of the top two or three action fighters of all time." ESPN's [[Dan Rafael]] on Friday Night Fights 7/17/09
  
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*[http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/more_sports/2009/07/11/2009-07-11_arturo_gatti_former_boxer_found_dead_on_honeymoon_in_brazil.html "Former boxer Arturo Gatti found dead on second honeymoon in Brazil," New York Daily News, July 11, 2009]
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*[http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/more_sports/2009/07/12/2009-07-12_police_arrest_wife_of_slain_boxer_gatti.html "Arturo Gatti's wife Amanda Rodrigues strangled him with her purse strap, say cops," New York Daily News, July 13, 2009]
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*[http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/more_sports/2009/07/30/2009-07-30_boxing_arturo_gatti_wasnt_murdered.html "Family angry after Brazilian officials rule boxer Arturo Gatti's death suicide," New York Daily News, July 30, 2009]
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*[http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/sports/boxing/story/2012-03-22/gatti-mystery-on-48-Hours/53718020/1 "Gatti's death examined further on 48 Hours Mystery Saturday," USA Today, March 23, 2012]
 
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Class of 2013
Modern Category
Hall of Fame bio: [1]

Name: Arturo Gatti
Alias: Thunder
Born: 1972-04-15
Birthplace: Calabria, Italy
Died: 2009-07-11 (Age:37)
Hometown: Jersey City, New Jersey, USA
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 5′ 7½″   /   171cm
Reach: 70″   /   178cm
Boxing Record: click

Manager: Pat Lynch
Trainers: James (Buddy) McGirt and Mickey Ward

Arturo Gatti Gallery


Arturo Gatti was one of the most exciting boxers in history. He won world titles in two weight divisions and was involved in The Ring Magazine "Fight of the Year" four times.

Gatti was born in Italy on April 15, 1972. While still a young boy, the Gatii family emigrated to Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Living in the Little Italy section of Montreal, Gatti developed a passion for soccer and hockey but eventually followed in the footsteps of his older brother, Joe Gatti, and became a boxer.

After representing Canada at the 1991 World Junior Championships in Peru, Gatti turned professional at age 19. Three years later, he stopped Pete Taliaferro in one round to win the USBA Junior Lightweight Title. Gatti won his first world title in 1995, outpointing Tracy Harris Patterson to win the IBF Junior Lightweight Championship. In his first defense, Gatti had to get off the floor to stop Wilson Rodriguez in six exciting rounds. After outpointing Patterson in a rematch, Gatti stopped Gabriel Ruelas in four thrilling rounds. The Ring Magazine named it "Fight of the Year" for 1997.

After three successful title defenses, Gatti vacated the title and moved up to lightweight in 1998. He was stopped on a cut against Angel Manfredy and then lost two brutal fights to Ivan Robinson by decision. The first Robinson fight was named 1998 "Fight of the Year" by The Ring Magazine. Some people called for his retirement after losing three grueling fights in a row, but Gatti continued to fight. He moved up to junior welterweight and won four straight fights before being dominated and stopped by Oscar De La Hoya at welterweight.

Gatti engaged in a great trilogy with Micky Ward in 2002 and 2003. Ward won the first fight and Gatti won the next two. The Ring Magazine named the first fight the 2002 "Fight of the Year" and the third fight got the honor for 2003.

Gatti outpointed Gianluca Branco in 2004 to win the vacant WBC Super Lightweight Championship, becoming a two-time champion, something many felt he would never be able to accomplish. In his first title defense, Gatti knocked out undefeated former lightweight champion Leonard Dorin with a left hook to the body. He followed the Dorin fight with a knockout of former junior lightweight champion Jesse James Leija.

Gatti made his third defense against the highly-regarded Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2005. Gatti was no match for Mayweather, who completely dominated the fight until Gatti's corner stopped it after the sixth round.

After stopping undefeated Thomas Damgaard to win the lightly regarded IBA Welterweight Championship in 2006, Gatti challenged Carlos Manuel Baldomir for the WBC Welterweight Championship and was stopped in nine rounds.

Gatti retired in 2007 after being knocked out by Alfonso Gomez.

Gatti was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2013.

Death

Gatti was found dead with blood stains on his neck and the back of his head at about 6:00 a.m. on July 11, 2009. He was on his second honeymoon with his Brazilian wife, Amanda Rodgrigues, in Porto de Galinhas, Brazil. The following day, it was announced that Amanda Rodgrigues had been charged with murder and arrested by authorities. Early reports alleged that Gatti was struck multiple times in the back of the head and then apparently strangled with a purse strap while unconscious. On July 30, 2009, authorities in Brazil ruled Gatti's death a suicide and ordered the release of Rodrigues. During a 2011 civil trial in Gatti's native Montreal, the Quebec coroner ruled that there was no evidence of foul play in the ex-boxer's death and a Quebec judge awarded Rodrigues the entire Gatti estate. She still faced a wrongful-death suit filed in New Jersey against her by Gatti's ex-wife, Erika Rivera, but that was dismissed in 2012 by a New Jersey judge.

Awards and Recognition

Comments

"He was the greatest action fighter of our era and maybe one of the top two or three action fighters of all time." ESPN's Dan Rafael on Friday Night Fights 7/17/09

External Links


Preceded by:
Tracy Harris Patterson
IBF Super Featherweight Champion
1995 Dec 15 – 1998 Mar 13
Vacated
Succeeded by:
Roberto Garcia
Preceded by:
Kostya Tszyu
Stripped
WBC Light Welterweight Champion
2004 Jan 24 – 2005 Jun 25
Succeeded by:
Floyd Mayweather Jr.