- Arturo Gatti
Gatti on November 24, 2002
Statistics Real name Arturo Gatti Nickname(s) Thunder Rated at Super Featherweight
Height 5′ 7½″ / 171cm Reach 70″ / 178cm Nationality Canadian Born April 15, 1972
Died July 11, 2009(aged 37)
Ipojuca, state of Pernambuco, Brazil
Stance Orthodox Boxing record Total fights 49 Wins 40 Wins by KO 31 Losses 9 Draws 0 No contests 0
Arturo "Thunder" Gatti (April 15, 1972 – July 11, 2009) was a Canadian professional boxer. Born in Cassino, Italy, and raised in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Gatti relocated to Jersey City, United States as a teenager. He returned to Montreal after retiring from boxing to work in real estate.
Gatti won world championships designated by two different boxing boards in two different weight classes. He also participated in Ring Magazine's "fight of the year" a total of four times (1997, 1998, 2002 and 2003). He announced his retirement on July 14, 2007.
Arturo Gatti was a member of the Canadian National team, and was training to represent Canada at the 1992 Summer Games, but at age 19 (in 1991), he decided to turn pro instead. He began boxing professionally on the night of November 17, 1992.
His next fight, on March 24, 1993, was his first fight abroad, where he visited Amsterdam, Netherlands and knocked out Plawen Goutchev in round one.
In 1994, he beat Leon Bostic, and followed through with a win over Pete Taliaferro to win the USBA super featherweight title, by a knockout in round one. He retained the title against Richard Salazar and former world champion Jose Sanabria.
Signing with HBO
On December 15, 1995, Gatti challenged the IBF's world super featherweight champion, Floyd Patterson's adoptive son Tracy Harris Patterson. Gatti became world champion when he narrowly outpointed Patterson (scoring: 116–111, 115–112, 114–113), and signed a multi-fight deal with HBO to fight on HBO Boxing.
He only had two fights in 1996, once defending his world title. His title defense, at Madison Square Garden against Dominican Wilson Rodriguez was the first of three Gatti fights in a row to be named a candidate for "fight of the year" by Ring Magazine. Dropped in round two and with his right eye closing fast, Gatti knocked Rodriguez down in round five with a left hook to the body, before finishing him off in round six to retain the title.
In 1997, he again won a points victory over Patterson, but this time by a larger margin (118–108, 117–109, 116–110). He then scored a technical knockout over former world champion Calvin Grove in round seven of a non-title affair. Then came his defense against former world champion Gabriel Ruelas, which was also named "fight of the year" by Ring Magazine. Rocked by a left uppercut in the fourth, Gatti absorbed more than 15 consecutive punches before being saved by the bell. In the fifth, he connected on a left hook to knock Ruelas out.
To the lightweight division
After that fight, Gatti relinquished the world title, going up in weight to the lightweight division. However, 1998 was a bad year for Gatti, as he lost all three of his fights that year. He lost by a technical knockout in round eight to Angel Manfredy, and then lost a pair of close decisions in 10 rounds to Ivan Robinson. Gatti-Robinson I was chosen "fight of the year" by Ring Magazine, thus marking the second year in a row that a Gatti fight was given that award, and the third year in a row a Gatti fight was nominated.
He only had one fight in 1999, knocking out Reyes Munoz in round one.
Controversial fight against Gamache
Gatti's first fight of 2000 proved to be controversial. Faced with former world champion Joey Gamache, Gatti won by a knockout in round two. A subsequent lawsuit by Gamache's handlers claimed Gatti had gained 19 pounds since the weigh-in the day before and thus had a large advantage over Gamache. In the wake of the fight, boxing regulators pushed for a new law limiting the amount of weight a competitor can gain between the weigh-in and time of the fight. Gatti was also accused by Gamache's handlers of not having actually made the contracted weight of 141 pounds. After Gatti-Gamache, some boxing commissions started weighing boxers a second time.
Gatti also won his two other fights that year.
Trilogy against Micky Ward
In 2001, Gatti only had one fight, going up in weight to meet welterweight Oscar de la Hoya, who beat him by a technical knockout in five rounds. In 2002, Gatti returned to the junior welterweight division and defeated former world champion Terronn Millett by a knockout in round four.
He then split two ten round decisions with "Irish" Micky Ward, losing their first bout, but winning their second. Gatti-Ward I also earned "fight of the year" honors by Ring Magazine and the 9th round was called the Round of the Century by Emanuel Steward.
On June 7, 2003, he and Ward had a rubber match. Gatti broke his twice-repaired right hand on an uppercut to the hip in the fourth, and he dropped his arm. In the sixth, Gatti dominated the round but got caught with an overhand right to the top of the head a second before the bell rang and went down. The final scorecards read, 96–93, 96–93, and 97–92, in favor of Gatti. The third fight between the two was again named "fight of the year" by Ring Magazine.
Career after Micky Ward
On January 24, 2004, Gatti also recovered from a broken hand, scored a tenth round knock-down and defeated Gianluca Branco of Italy by a 12 round unanimous decision to win the vacant WBC junior welterweight title.
Gatti's second defense of his WBC title came against former world junior lightweight champion Jesse James Leija on January 29, 2005. Gatti beat Leija by a fifth round knockout.That same night, Arturo's protege, Danny "Little Mac" McDermott won his pro debut.
In his next fight, Gatti fought former super featherweight and lightweight world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. on June 25, 2005. He took a horrific beating and Gatti's corner man threw in the towel after he was beaten around the ring, thus ending his title reign via sixth-round technical knockout.
After the loss to Mayweather, Gatti moved up to the welterweight division. He beat Thomas Damgaard on January 28, 2006, by an eleventh round technical knockout to win the vacant IBA welterweight title and became a champion in 3 different weight divisions.
Gatti attempted a comeback on July 14, 2007, against Alfonso Gomez, only to get TKO'd by Gomez. After the fight, Gatti announced his retirement in the dressing room, reportedly quipping: "I'll be back — as a spectator".
Professional boxing record
40 Wins (31 knockouts), 9 Losses 0 Draws Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes Loss 40-9 Alfonso Gomez TKO 7 (10) 2007-07-14 Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey Loss 40-8 Carlos Baldomir TKO 9 (12) 2006-07-22 Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey Fight was for the WBC & IBA Welterweight Titles. Win 40-7 Thomas Damgaard TKO 11 (12) 2006-01-28 Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey Won vacant IBA Welterweight Title. Loss 39-7 Floyd Mayweather Jr. RTD 6 (12) 2005-06-25 Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey Lost WBC Light Welterweight Title. Win 39-6 Jesse James Leija KO 5 (12) 2005-01-29 Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey Retained WBC Light Welterweight Title. Win 38-6 Leonard Dorin KO 2 (12) 2004-07-24 Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey Retained WBC Light Welterweight Title. Win 37-6 Gianluca Branco UD 12 (12) 2004-01-24 Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey Won vacant WBC Light Welterweight Title. Win 36-6 Micky Ward UD 10 (10) 2003-06-07 Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey Win 35-6 Micky Ward UD 10 (10) 2002-11-23 Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey Loss 34-6 Micky Ward MD 10 (10) 2002-05-18 Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut Win 34-5 Terron Millett TKO 4 (10) 2002-01-26 MSG Theater, New York, New York Loss 33-5 Oscar De La Hoya TKO 5 (10) 2001-03-24 MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada Win 33-4 Joe Hutchinson UD 10 (10) 2000-09-08 Molson Centre, Montreal, Quebec Win 32-4 Eric Jakubowski TKO 2 (10) 2000-04-29 Madison Square Garden, New York, New York Win 31-4 Joey Gamache KO 2 (10) 2000-02-26 Madison Square Garden, New York, New York Win 30-4 Reyes Munoz TKO 1 (10) 1999-08-14 Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut Loss 29-4 Ivan Robinson UD 10 (10) 1998-12-12 Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey Loss 29-3 Ivan Robinson SD 10 (10) 1998-08-22 Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey Loss 29-2 Angel Manfredy TKO 8 (10) 1998-01-17 Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey Win 29-1 Gabriel Ruelas TKO 5 (12) 1997-10-04 Caesar's Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey Retained IBF Super Featherweight Title. Win 28-1 Calvin Grove RTD 7 (10) 1997-05-04 Caesar's Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey Win 27-1 Tracy Harris Patterson UD 12 (12) 1997-02-22 Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey Retained IBF Super Featherweight Title. Win 26-1 Feliciano Correa KO 3 (10) 1996-07-11 Madison Square Garden, New York, New York Win 25-1 Wilson Rodriguez KO 6 (12) 1996-03-23 MSG Theater, New York, New York Retained IBF Super Featherweight Title. Win 24-1 Tracy Harris Patterson UD 12 (12) 1995-12-15 Madison Square Garden, New York, New York Won IBF Super Featherweight Title. Win 23-1 Carlos Vergara TKO 1 (10) 1995-10-07 Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey Win 22-1 Barrington Francis TKO 6 (10) 1995-07-13 Caesar's Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey Win 21-1 Tialano Tovar KO 1 (10) 1995-04-22 Ballys Park Place Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey Win 20-1 Roman Smolenkov KO 1 (?) 1995-03-09 Martinihal, Groningen, Netherlands Win 19-1 Jose Sanabria UD 12 (12) 1994-11-22 Meadowlands Convention Center, Secaucus, New Jersey Retained USBA Super Featherweight Title. Win 18-1 Richard Salazar TKO 10 (12) 1994-08-16 Madison Square Garden, New York, New York Retained USBA Super Featherweight Title. Win 17-1 Pete Taliaferro TKO 1 (12) 1994-06-28 Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey Won USBA Super Featherweight Title. Win 16-1 Darrell Singleton TKO 1 (8) 1994-05-06 Boardwalk Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey Win 15-1 Leon Bostic PTS 8 (8) 1994-01-08 Friar Tuck Inn, Catskill, New York Win 14-1 Glenn Irizarry TKO 1 (?) 1993-11-11 Huntington Hilton Hotel, Melville, New York Win 13-1 Derek Francis KO 1 (?) 1993-10-23 Sands Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey Win 12-1 Luis Guzman KO 1 (?) 1993-08-24 Merv Griffin's Resorts, Atlantic City, New Jersey Win 11-1 Robert Scott KO 1 (?) 1993-07-30 Ramada Hotel, New York, New York Win 10-1 Christino Suero KO 3 (8) 1993-06-20 Harrah's Marina Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey Win 9-1 Clifford Hicks KO 3 (?) 1993-05-15 Memorial Highshool Gym, Brick Town, New Jersey Win 8-1 Curtis Mathis TKO 3 (?) 1993-04-07 Newark, New Jersey Win 7-1 Plamen Gechev TKO 1 (?) 1993-03-23 Merv Griffin's Resorts, Atlantic City, New Jersey Loss 6-1 King Solomon SD 6 (6) 1992-11-17 Blue Horizon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Win 6-0 Joe Lafontant UD 6 (6) 1992-05-15 Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey Win 5-0 Antonio Gonzalez TKO 1 (4) 1992-04-22 Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey Win 4-0 Francisco Aguiano TKO 1 (?) 1991-10-22 Blue Horizon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Win 3-0 Richard De Jesus TKO 1 (4) 1991-08-02 Quality Inn Hotel, Newark, New Jersey Win 2-0 Luis Melendez KO 1 (4) 1991-07-09 Blue Horizon, Philadelphia, PennsylvaniA Win 1-0 Jose Gonzales TKO 3 (4) 1991-06-10 Meadowlands Convention Center, Secaucus, New Jersey Gatti's professional debut.
Gatti retired with a record of 40 wins and 9 losses, with 31 wins by knockout. On September 24, 2008, reports had surfaced that Gatti was considering a comeback against Montreal welterweight Antonin Decarie (now 25–1), the Canadian and North American Boxing Organization champion.
On July 11, 2009, Gatti was found dead in a hotel in Ipojuca, Pernambuco, Brazil, where he was on vacation with his Brazilian wife, Amanda Rodrigues, and their 10 month old son. He was 37 years old. Gatti's widow was charged with first degree murder after the strap of her purse was found stained with blood. Gatti was to attend his sister's wedding the same day. Rodrigues could not explain how she spent more than 10 hours in the hotel room without realizing Gatti was dead. Former boxing champion Acelino Freitas, who was a close friend of Gatti, claimed Gatti and Rodrigues were having problems and were about to separate. On July 30, 2009, it was reported that the Brazilian police ruled Gatti's death as a suicide and his widow was released. However, on July 31, 2009, it was announced that the Canadian government would be seeking more information from the Brazilian authorities on Gatti's death. Gatti's family has also confirmed that there would be a second autopsy done in Quebec. On August 1, a pathologist hired by the ex-boxing champ's family said Brazilian authorities overlooked bruises on Gatti's body in the initial autopsy. Montreal medical examiners will perform further toxicology tests in Canada and are also awaiting more information on the scene of death from investigators in Brazil. "There were definite injuries that had not been seen by Brazilian authorities," Baden said.
The Brazilian authorities initially ruled Gatti's death a homicide, but further studies revealed it was a suicide. Yet, almost a year later, in March 2010, the circumstances concerning Gatti's death remain unclear. All the reports are now at the Quebec coroner's office awaiting further investigation. Coroner Jean Brochu said, "We've been waiting for this for a long time," and "it's going to take a while" before conclusions can be made, and released to the public. A shortage of staff at the coroner's office is being blamed for contributing to the delay of the investigation. Regarding a new toxicology report being prepared, Brochu quipped that it "may take a century to get the results"."
On August 23, 2011, it was reported that private investigators had concluded that Gatti's death was indeed a homicide.
In popular culture
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- ^ Pothier, Jacques (Feb 2011). Éditions La Presse. ed (in French). Arturo Gatti : Le dernier round. Montreal. ISBN 9782923681528. OCLC 701590105.
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- ^ a b "Foul play suspected in Gatti's death". ESPN. July 11, 2009. http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/boxing/news/story?id=4321150.
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- ^ The Other Fighter: Remembering Arturo "Thunder" Gatti
- ^ "Hard-hitting Arturo Gatti was one of Canada's boxing greats". The Canadian Press. July 11, 2009. http://www.inews880.com/News/Sports/Article.aspx?id=125161.
- ^ "Boxer suing Gatti". AP. March 3, 2006. http://www.boston.com/sports/other_sports/boxing/articles/2006/03/03/boxer_suing_gatti/.
- ^ "Montreal boxer Arturo Gatti mourned as legend". The Gazette. July 12, 2009. http://www.montrealgazette.com/travel/Montreal+boxer+Arturo+Gatti+dead/1782665/story.html.
- ^ "Lutador de boxe canadense é achado morto em flat em Porto de Galinhas, em Pernambuco" (in Portuguese). O Globo. July 11, 2009. http://oglobo.globo.com/cidades/mat/2009/07/11/lutador-de-boxe-canadense-achado-morto-em-flat-em-porto-de-galinhas-em-pernambuco-756779153.asp.
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- Official website
- BoxingInsider.com Bio - file Q&A with Arturo 'Thunder' Gatti
- Breaking News: Arturo "Thunder" Gatti found dead in Brazil early this morning
- Arturo Gatti Grave @ Findagrave
- Arturo Gatti Fight-by-Fight Career Record
- Professional boxing record for Arturo Gatti from BoxRec
- boxen-artur.de – Encyclopedia
- Coverage of Gatti's final match
- Dorisol Hotel in Porto de Galinhas (place of death) - Official page
Sporting positions Preceded by
Tracy Harris Patterson
IBF Super Featherweight Champion
December 15, 1995 – 1997
WBC Light Welterweight Champion
January 24, 2004 – June 25, 2005
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Titles in pretence VacantTitle last held byShane Mosley World Welterweight Champion
July 22, 2006–November 4, 2006
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