Name: Arturo Gatti
Birthplace: Calabria, Italy
Died: 2009-07-11 (Age:37)
Hometown: Jersey City, New Jersey, USA
Height: 5′ 7½″ / 171cm
Reach: 70″ / 178cm
Boxing Record: click
Manager: Pat Lynch
Trainers: James (Buddy) McGirt and Mickey Ward (current)
Considered as one the most exciting fighters the boxing game has ever produced, Arturo Gatti is one of the most recognized fighters today. Gatti has been involved in four Ring Magazine Fight of the Year bouts. Gatti won the IBF 130 lb title against Tracy Harris Patterson in 1995. He defended his belt three times before relinquising the title to move to 135 pounds. It was at that weight where 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. However Gatti roared back, and in 1999 and 2000 he ran up a string of victories before fighting Oscar De La Hoya.
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, which is seen to be one of the best trilogies in the history of the sport. After the trilogy, Gatti was ranked number one contender by the WBC in the light welterweight class, and a fight was scheduled for the vacant title against Gianluca Branco. Gatti won the fight, and became a two-time champion, something many felt he would never be able to accomplish.
Gatti then stopped Leonard Dorin, who had never been knocked out before. He followed this with a 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 the fight and was completely dominated, and stopped. As of September 2005, he has announced he will campaign at welterweight in the future. On July 22, 2006, Gatti lost to Carlos Manuel Baldomir by a ninth round stoppage in his bid to win the WBC welterweight title.
Gatti was found deceased at 6am on July 11th, 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. Foul play is suspected.
- Ring Magazine Fight of the Year: 1997 (W KO5 Gabriel Ruelas), 1998 (L 10 Ivan Robinson), 2002 (L 10 Micky Ward), 2003 (W 10 Micky Ward)
- Ring Magazine Knockout of the Year: 1997 (W KO5 Gabriel Ruelas)
- Ring Magazine Upset of the Year: 1998 (L 10 Ivan Robinson)
- Named The Ring magazine Comeback of the Year fighter for 2002.
Tracy Harris Patterson
| IBF Super Featherweight Champion
1995 Dec 15 – 1998 Mar 13
| WBC Light Welterweight Champion
2004 Jan 24 – 2005 Jun 25
Floyd Mayweather Jr.