Arturo Gatti

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Arturo Gatti
Arturo Gatti 24 November 2002.jpg
Gatti in 2002
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Nickname(s)
  • Thunder
  • Blood and Guts Warrior
  • The Human Highlight Reel
Weight(s)
Height5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Reach70 in (178 cm)
Nationality
  • Canadian
  • Italian
Born(1972-04-15)April 15, 1972
Cassino, Italy
DiedJuly 11, 2009(2009-07-11) (aged 37)
Ipojuca, Pernambuco, Brazil
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights49
Wins40
Wins by KO31
Losses9

Arturo Gatti (April 15, 1972 – July 11, 2009) was an Italian-Canadian professional boxer who competed from 1991 to 2007. [1] [2] [3] Nicknamed "Thunder," Gatti was known for his heart and bravery in the ring, and also carried formidable punching power.

Italians nation and ethnic group native to Italy

Italians are historically a Romance ethnic group and nation native to the Italian peninsula and its neighbouring insular territories. Most Italians share a common culture, history, ancestry or language.

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A world champion in two weight classes, Gatti held the IBF junior lightweight title from 1995 to 1998, and the WBC super lightweight title from 2004 to 2005. He also participated in The 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. [4] [5] On December 10, 2012, Gatti was posthumously inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, in his first year of eligibility, and becoming the tenth Canadian boxer to be inducted. [6]

Weight class (boxing)

A weight class is a measurement weight range for boxers. The lower limit of a weight class is equal to the upper weight limit of the class below it. The top class, with no upper limit, is called heavyweight in professional boxing and super heavyweight in amateur boxing. A boxing match is usually scheduled for a fixed weight class, and each boxer's weight must not exceed the upper limit. Although professional boxers may fight above their weight class, an amateur boxer's weight must not fall below the lower limit. A nonstandard weight limit is called a catchweight.

International Boxing Federation Boxing organization

The International Boxing Federation (IBF) is one of four major organizations recognized by the International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF) which sanction world championship boxing bouts, alongside the World Boxing Association (WBA), World Boxing Council (WBC) and World Boxing Organization (WBO).

World Boxing Council Boxing organization

The World Boxing Council (WBC) is one of four major organizations which sanction world championship boxing bouts, alongside the International Boxing Federation (IBF), World Boxing Association (WBA) and World Boxing Organization (WBO). Many historically high-profile bouts have been sanctioned by the organization with various legendary fighters having been recognised as WBC World champions. All four organizations recognise the legitimacy of each other, and each have interwoven histories dating back several decades.

Gatti was born in Cassino, Italy, and raised in Latium, a region of central western Italy, before moving to Montreal, Quebec, Canada. [7] Gatti eventually relocated to Jersey City, New Jersey as a teenager. He returned to Montreal after retiring from boxing to work in real estate. [8] [9]

Cassino Comune in Lazio, Italy

Cassino['kas'sino] is a comune in the province of Frosinone, central Italy, at the southern end of the region of Lazio, the last City of the Latin Valley.

Latium region of central western Italy in which city of Rome was founded

Latium is the region of central western Italy in which the city of Rome was founded and grew to be the capital city of the Roman Empire. Latium was originally a small triangle of fertile, volcanic soil on which resided the tribe of the Latins or Latians. It was located on the left bank of the River Tiber, extending northward to the River Anio and southeastward to the Pomptina Palus as far south as the Circeian promontory. The right bank of the Tiber was occupied by the Etruscan city of Veii, and the other borders were occupied by Italic tribes. Subsequently, Rome defeated Veii and then its Italic neighbours, expanding Latium to the Apennine Mountains in the northeast and to the opposite end of the marsh in the southeast. The modern descendant, the Italian Regione of Lazio, also called Latium in Latin, and occasionally in modern English, is somewhat larger still, but not as much as double the original Latium.

Montreal City in Quebec, Canada

Montreal is the most populous municipality in the Canadian province of Quebec and the second-most populous municipality in Canada. Originally called Ville-Marie, or "City of Mary", it is named after Mount Royal, the triple-peaked hill in the heart of the city. The city is centred on the Island of Montreal, which took its name from the same source as the city, and a few much smaller peripheral islands, the largest of which is Île Bizard. It has a distinct four-season continental climate with warm to hot summers and cold, snowy winters.

His death in 2009 was mired in controversy, with his wife first being arrested for homicide and then released after an autopsy ruled his death was suicide.

Professional career

Arturo Gatti was a member of the Canadian National team, and was training to represent Canada at the 1992 Summer Games, but in 1991, at age 19, he decided to turn pro instead. [2] [10] He began boxing professionally on the night of June 10, 1991, with a third-round knockout of Jose Gonzalez in Secaucus, New Jersey. He went undefeated for six bouts before losing to King Solomon by split decision in six rounds on November 17, 1992. [11]

Canada at the Olympics

Canada has sent athletes to every Winter Olympic Games and almost every Summer Olympic Games since its debut at the 1900 games with the exception of the 1980 Summer Olympics, which it boycotted. Canada has won at least one medal at every Olympics in which it has competed. The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) is the National Olympic Committee for Canada.

1992 Summer Olympics Games of the XXV Olympiad, held in Barcelona in 1992

The 1992 Summer Olympic Games, officially known as the Games of the XXV Olympiad, was an international multi-sport event celebrated in Barcelona, Spain from 25 July to 9 August 1992.

Secaucus, New Jersey Town in New Jersey, United States

Secaucus is a town in Hudson County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the town's population was 16,264, reflecting an increase of 333 (+2.1%) from the 15,931 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 1,870 (+13.3%) from the 14,061 counted in the 1990 Census.

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. [11]

In 1994, he beat Leon Bostic, and followed through with a Round 1 knockout over Pete Taliaferro to win the USBA super featherweight title. He retained the title against Richard Salazar and former world champion Jose Sanabria. [11]

Super featherweight, also known as junior lightweight, is a weight division in professional boxing, contested between 126 pounds (57 kg) and 130 pounds (59 kg).

Signing with HBO

On December 15, 1995, Gatti challenged the IBF super featherweight Champion Tracy Harris Patterson, Floyd Patterson's adoptive son. 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. [12]

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. [12]

In 1997, he again won a points victory over Patterson, but this time by a larger margin (118–108, 117–109, 116–110). [13] [14] He then scored a technical knockout over former world champion Calvin Grove in the seventh round 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. [15] [16]

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 10-round decisions to Ivan Robinson, the first by split decision, the second by unanimous. In Gatti-Robinson II, Gatti had a point deducted in the eighth round for low blows. Had the point not been deducted, the fight would have been a draw, as Robinson was only ahead by one point on two scorecards. 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. [17]

He only had one fight in 1999, knocking out Reyes Munoz in round one. [11]

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. [18] 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. [15]

Gatti also won his two other fights that year, against Eric Jukabuwski and Joe Hutchinson. [11]

Trilogy against Micky Ward

Gatti at the post-fight press conference on June 7, 2003 Arturo Gatti.jpg
Gatti at the post-fight press conference on June 7, 2003

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. [19] In 2002, Gatti returned to the light welterweight division and defeated former world champion Terronn Millett by a knockout in round four. [12]

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. [20] [21]

On June 7, 2003, he and Ward had a rubber match. Gatti broke his twice-repaired right hand when he struck wards hip bone with an attempted body shot in the fourth, and he dropped his arm. In the sixth, Gatti dominated the round, but got caught with an overhand 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. [22] [23] [24]

Gatti vs Ward I & III are also part of HBO's 10 best fights of the decade. [25]

Career after Micky Ward

On January 24, 2004, Gatti, having 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 light welterweight title. [26] [27] [28]

On July 24, 2004, he knocked out the previously unbeaten former world champion Leonard Dorin Doroftei in two rounds at Atlantic City, to retain his title. [29]

Gatti's second defense of his WBC title came against former WBC super featherweight Champion Jesse James Leija on January 29, 2005. Gatti beat Leija by a fifth-round knockout. That same night, Arturo's protégé, Danny "Little Mac" McDermott, won his pro debut. [30]

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. [31]

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 become a champion in 3 different weight divisions. [32]

On July 22, 2006, Gatti lost by a TKO to Carlos Baldomir, vying for the WBC & The Ring welterweight championship. [33] He then broke off his relationship with Buddy McGirt and had a new trainer in Micky Ward. [34]

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'm coming back as a spectator." [35] [36]

Fighting style

Arturo was an aggressive, all-action fighter, often remembered as a Slugger. Early on in his career, Gatti showed his tremendous punching power as he amassed a large number of first-round knockouts. Although he had the ability to box many opponents (as shown in the second Micky Ward fight) Gatti would often get into brawls when his opponents were able to take the power and fight back. This is why many of his bouts against good opposition were slug-fests.

Gatti had incredible heart, and an iron chin, shown in the majority of his major fights. He was able to absorb incredible amounts of punishment by fighters such as Wilson Rodriguez, Gabriel Ruelas, Angel Manfredy, Ivan Robinson, Oscar De La Hoya, Micky Ward, Floyd Mayweather and Carlos Baldomir, none of whom could knock him out cold. In the Rodriguez fight he showed off his recuperative abilities as he was close to being stopped under a barrage of shots and in the next round he stopped his opponent. [11]

Oscar De La Hoya, who faced many big punchers from 130 pounds to 160 pounds, says Gatti hit him the hardest out of any fighter. [37]

Post-career

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 Décarie, the Canadian and North American Boxing Organization champion. On December 10, 2012 Arturo Gatti was voted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. [38]

Death

On July 11, 2009, Gatti was found dead in a hotel in Ipojuca, Pernambuco, Brazil, where he was on holiday with his Brazilian wife, Amanda Rodrigues, and their 10-month-old son. [4] [9] [39] He was 37 years old. Gatti was to attend his sister's wedding the same day. Gatti's widow was charged with first degree murder after the strap of her bag was found stained with blood. [40] Rodrigues could not explain how she spent more than 10 hours in the hotel room without realising Gatti was dead. Former boxing champion Acelino Freitas, who was a close friend of Gatti, stated Gatti and Rodrigues were having problems and were about to separate. [41] The Brazilian authorities initially ruled Gatti's death a homicide, but after the coroner's autopsy report was released, they declared it was a suicide, and his widow was set free. [42] 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 confirmed that there would be a second autopsy done in Quebec. [43] [44] [45] 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. "There were definite injuries that had not been seen by Brazilian authorities," Baden said. [46] Almost a year later, in March 2010, the circumstances concerning Gatti's death remained unclear. [47]

At the family's request, a Quebec coroner agreed to exhume the body so that two pathologists could conduct a second autopsy. 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. [47] A shortage of staff at the coroner's office was blamed for contributing to the delay of the investigation. [47] Regarding a new toxicology report being prepared, Brochu quipped that it "may take a century to get the results." [47]

The Quebec coroner's report was released in November 2011. Brochu agreed with prior conclusions that Gatti died a violent death from asphyxia by neck constriction. He also noted that Gatti had carisoprodol, a muscle relaxant, in his system, along with alcohol. An expert toxicologist from Quebec retained by the coroner said the drug can produce withdrawal symptoms, such as anxiety, confusion and psychosis. The coroner also stated that "obvious presence of post-mortem lividity" indicated that the body had been suspended for some time before ending up on the floor. [48]

See also

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
49 fights40 wins9 losses
By knockout315
By decision94
No.ResultRecordOpponentTypeRound, timeDateLocationNotes
49Loss40–9 Flag of Mexico.svg Alfonso Gómez TKO7 (10), 2:12Jul 14, 2007 Flag of the United States.svg Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
48Loss40–8 Flag of Argentina.svg Carlos Baldomir TKO9 (12), 2:50Jul 22, 2006 Flag of the United States.svg Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.Lost IBA welterweight title;
For WBC, The Ring , and lineal welterweight titles
47Win40–7 Flag of Denmark.svg Thomas Damgaard TKO11 (12), 2:54Jan 28, 2006 Flag of the United States.svg Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.Won vacant IBA welterweight title
46Loss39–7 Flag of the United States.svg Floyd Mayweather Jr. RTD6 (12), 3:00 Jun 25, 2005 Flag of the United States.svg Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.Lost WBC super lightweight title
45Win39–6 Flag of the United States.svg Jesse James Leija KO5 (12), 1:48Jan 29, 2005 Flag of the United States.svg Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.Retained WBC super lightweight title
44Win38–6 Flag of Romania.svg Leonard Doroftei KO2 (12), 2:55Jul 24, 2004 Flag of the United States.svg Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.Retained WBC super lightweight title
43Win37–6 Flag of Italy.svg Gianluca Branco UD12Jan 24, 2004 Flag of the United States.svg Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.Won vacant WBC super lightweight title
42Win36–6 Flag of the United States.svg Micky Ward UD10Jun 7, 2003 Flag of the United States.svg Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
41Win35–6 Flag of the United States.svg Micky Ward UD10Nov 23, 2002 Flag of the United States.svg Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
40Loss34–6 Flag of the United States.svg Micky Ward MD10May 18, 2002 Flag of the United States.svg Mohegan Sun Arena, Montville, Connecticut, U.S.
39Win34–5 Flag of the United States.svg Terron Millett TKO4 (10), 2:23Jan 26, 2002 Flag of the United States.svg The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
38Loss33–5 Flag of the United States.svg Oscar De La Hoya TKO5 (10), 1:16Mar 24, 2001 Flag of the United States.svg MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
37Win33–4 Flag of the United States.svg Joe HutchinsonUD10Sep 8, 2000 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Molson Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
36Win32–4 Flag of the United States.svg Eric JakubowskiTKO2 (10), 0:40 Apr 29, 2000 Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
35Win31–4 Flag of the United States.svg Joey Gamache KO2 (10), 0:41Feb 26, 2000 Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
34Win30–4 Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Reyes MunozTKO1 (10), 3:09Aug 14, 1999 Flag of the United States.svg Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ledyard, Connecticut, U.S.
33Loss29–4 Flag of the United States.svg Ivan Robinson UD10Dec 12, 1998 Flag of the United States.svg Etess Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
32Loss29–3 Flag of the United States.svg Ivan Robinson SD10Aug 22, 1998 Flag of the United States.svg Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
31Loss29–2 Flag of the United States.svg Angel Manfredy TKO8 (10), 2:57Jan 17, 1998 Flag of the United States.svg Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
30Win29–1 Flag of Mexico.svg Gabriel Ruelas TKO5 (12), 2:22Oct 4, 1997 Flag of the United States.svg Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.Retained IBF junior lightweight title
29Win28–1 Flag of the United States.svg Calvin Grove RTD7 (10), 3:00May 4, 1997 Flag of the United States.svg Circus Maximus Showroom, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
28Win27–1 Flag of the United States.svg Tracy Harris Patterson UD12Feb 22, 1997 Flag of the United States.svg Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.Retained IBF junior lightweight title
27Win26–1 Flag of the United States.svg Feliciano CorreaKO3 (10), 2:05Jul 11, 1996 Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
26Win25–1 Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg Wilson Rodriguez KO6 (12), 2:16Mar 23, 1996 Flag of the United States.svg The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.Retained IBF junior lightweight title
25Win24–1 Flag of the United States.svg Tracy Harris Patterson UD12Dec 15, 1995 Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.Won IBF junior lightweight title
24Win23–1 Flag of the United States.svg Carlos VergaraTKO1 (10), 0:57 Oct 7, 1995 Flag of the United States.svg Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
23Win22–1 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Barrington Francis TKO6 (10)Jul 13, 1995 Flag of the United States.svg Circus Maximus Showroom, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
22Win21–1 Flag of the United States.svg Tialano TovarKO1 (10), 1:41Apr 22, 1995 Flag of the United States.svg Bally's Park Place, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
21Win20–1 Flag of Russia.svg Roman SmolenkovKO1Mar 9, 1995 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Martinihal, Groningen, Netherlands
20Win19–1 Flag of Venezuela.svg Jose Sanabria UD12Nov 22, 1994 Flag of the United States.svg Meadowlands Exposition Center, Secaucus, New Jersey, U.S.Retained USBA junior lightweight title
19Win18–1 Flag of the United States.svg Richard SalazarTKO10 (12), 2:29Aug 16, 1994 Flag of the United States.svg The Blue Horizon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.Retained USBA junior lightweight title
18Win17–1 Flag of the United States.svg Pete TaliaferroTKO1 (12), 3:00Jun 28, 1994 Flag of the United States.svg Meadowlands Exposition Center, Secaucus, New Jersey, U.S.Won USBA junior lightweight title
17Win16–1 Flag of the United States.svg Darrell SingletonTKO1 (8), 0:41 May 6, 1994 Flag of the United States.svg Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
16Win15–1 Flag of the United States.svg Leon BosticMD8Jan 8, 1994 Flag of the United States.svg Friar Tuck Inn, Catskill, New York, U.S.
15Win14–1 Flag of the United States.svg Glenn IrizarryTKO1Nov 11, 1993 Flag of the United States.svg Melville Hilton Hotel, Huntington, New York, U.S.
14Win13–1 Flag of the United States.svg Derek FrancisKO1Oct 23, 1993 Flag of the United States.svg Sands, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
13Win12–1 Flag of the United States.svg Luis GuzmanKO1Aug 24, 1993 Flag of the United States.svg Steel Pier, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
12Win11–1 Flag of the United States.svg Robert ScottKO1Jul 30, 1993 Flag of the United States.svg Ramada Hotel, New York City, New York, U.S.
11Win10–1 Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg Christino SueroKO3 (8), 1:55Jun 20, 1993 Flag of the United States.svg Broadway by the Bay Theater, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
10Win9–1 Flag of the United States.svg Clifford HicksKO3May 15, 1993 Flag of the United States.svg Memorial High School, Brick Township, New Jersey, U.S.
9Win8–1 Flag of the United States.svg Curtis MathisTKO3Apr 7, 1993 Flag of the United States.svg Robert Treat Hotel, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
8Win7–1 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Plamen GechevTKO1Mar 23, 1993 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Rotterdam Ahoy Sportpaleis, Rotterdam, Netherlands
7Loss6–1 Flag of the United States.svg King SolomonSD6Nov 17, 1992 Flag of the United States.svg The Blue Horizon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
6Win6–0 Flag of the United States.svg Joe LafontantUD6May 15, 1992 Flag of the United States.svg Etess Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
5Win5–0 Flag of the United States.svg Antonio GonzalezTKO1 (4), 1:35Apr 22, 1992 Flag of the United States.svg Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey, U.S.
4Win4–0 Flag of the United States.svg Francisco AguianoTKO1Oct 22, 1991 Flag of the United States.svg The Blue Horizon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
3Win3–0 Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Richard De JesusTKO1 (4), 0:28Aug 2, 1991 Flag of the United States.svg Quality Inn Hotel, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
2Win2–0 Flag of the United States.svg Luis MelendezKO1 (4), 0:19Jul 9, 1991 Flag of the United States.svg The Blue Horizon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
1Win1–0 Flag of the United States.svg Jose GonzalesTKO3 (4), 1:27Jun 10, 1991 Flag of the United States.svg Meadowlands Exposition Center, Secaucus, New Jersey, U.S.

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Further reading

Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Preceded by
Pete Taliaferro
USBA junior lightweight champion
June 28, 1994 – March 1995
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
John Brown
Minor world boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Shane Mosley
IBA welterweight champion
January 28, 2006 – July 22, 2006
Succeeded by
Carlos Baldomir
Major world boxing titles
Preceded by
Tracy Harris Patterson
IBF junior lightweight champion
December 15, 1995 – January 1998
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Robert Garcia
Preceded by
Kostya Tszyu
WBC super lightweight champion
January 24, 2004 – June 25, 2005
Succeeded by
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Awards
Previous:
Evander Holyfield vs.
Mike Tyson
The Ring Fight of the Year
vs. Gabriel Ruelas

1997
Next:
Ivan Robinson vs.
Arturo Gatti
Previous:
Wilfredo Vázquez
KO11 Eloy Rojas
The Ring Knockout of the Year
KO5 Gabriel Ruelas

1997
Next:
Roy Jones Jr.
KO4 Virgil Hill
Previous:
Arturo Gatti vs.
Gabriel Ruelas
The Ring Fight of the Year
vs. Ivan Robinson

1998
Next:
Paulie Ayala vs.
Johnny Tapia
Previous:
Micky Ward vs.
Emanuel Augustus
The Ring Fight of the Year
vs. Micky Ward

2002
Next:
Arturo Gatti vs.
Micky Ward II
Inaugural award BWAA Fight of the Year
vs. Micky Ward

2002
Next:
James Toney vs.
Vassily Jirov
Previous:
John Michael Johnson
The Ring Comeback of the Year
2002
Next:
James Toney
Previous:
Arturo Gatti vs.
Micky Ward
The Ring Fight of the Year
vs. Micky Ward II

2003
Next:
Marco Antonio Barrera vs.
Érik Morales II
Junior welterweight status
Previous:
Giovanni Parisi
Latest born world champion to die
July 11, 2009 – present
Incumbent