The Ward-Gatti trilogy would become the stuff of boxing lore. "Irish" Micky Ward won the first fight; Arturo Gatti took the second, shown here on Nov. 23, 2002. Gatti won the their third bout with a broken hand. Their first and third fights were named "fight of the year" by Ring Magazine.
Arturo Gatti following his fifth round knockout of former world junior lightweight champion Jesse James Leija on Jan. 29, 2005. By late 2006, Arturo had been crowned welterweight champion and amassed a multimillion-dollar fortune.
In July 2007, Arturo Gatti, now 35 and plagued by injuries, faced a much younger Alfonso Gomez. It would be Arturo's last professional fight. Here Gatti is shown with Micky Ward at the Gatti vs. Gomez press conference on May 22, 2007.
Arturo Gatti at his New Jersey home with his dog, Hex. Retirement from boxing would hit Arturo Gatti hard. According to Tom Casino, "He partied like he fought
Credit: Tom Casino
In 2006, after almost two decades in the ring, Arturo met Amanda Rodrigues, then a struggling Brazilian immigrant In 2007, one month after Arturo walked out of the ring for the last time, he married 21-year-old Amanda at the Grand Canyon.
Arturo Gatti and his namesake with matching hairstyles. "The smile is the same
Credit: Amanda Gatti
Arturo and Amanda Gatti on their second honeymoon in Europe in June 2009. They would spend two weeks in Europe, and then fly to Brazil -- a trip from which Arturo would never return. In July 2009, he was found dead in their hotel room in Brazil. Amanda was arrested for murder, but was freed three weeks later after an autopsy by Brazilian investigators concluded Arturo had hung himself. The question over how he died is of debate.