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
Arturo Gatti was considered as one the most exciting fighters the boxing game has ever produced. Born in Italy but raised in Montreal, he became one of the most successful Canadian boxers in history, after starting his career in 1991 at age 19.
He was 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 relinquishing it to move 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.
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 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 this bout, having been completely dominated and eventually stopped. 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 announced his retirement in 2007.
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.