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Arturo Gatti vs Micky Ward

Arturo Gatti vs Micky Ward

Date: 18th May 2002

Venue: Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut

Title: 10 round super-lightweight bout

Promoter: Main Events

Tv: HBO Boxing After Dark

Arturo Gatti
( 34 - 5 - 0 )
Weight: 141½ lbs

Micky Ward
( 37 - 11 - 0 )
Weight: 141½ lbs

On Saturday, 18th May 2002, a non-title 10-round super-lightweight bout between Arturo Gatti and Micky Ward took place at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut. The match was promoted by Main Events and refereed by Wayne Hedgepeth. Gatti, originally from Montreal, Canada, and residing in Jersey City, New Jersey, had a record of 34-5-0, while Ward, hailing from Lowell, Massachusetts, held a record of 37-11-0. Both fighters weighed in at 141½ lbs.

In what would become a legendary fight, the two boxers displayed an extraordinary level of skill and determination. Throughout the match, Gatti and Ward traded powerful blows and engaged in intense exchanges. Their relentless pace and unwillingness to give in captivated both the live audience and those watching on HBO Boxing After Dark.

The ninth round of the fight was particularly memorable, showcasing an unparalleled level of drama, heart, and action. Both fighters displayed their resilience, with Gatti and Ward each absorbing and delivering punishing blows. This round has since been lauded as one of the greatest in boxing history.

After 10 hard-fought rounds, Micky Ward emerged as the victor by majority decision. Judges Dick Flaherty and Steve Weisfeld scored the bout 94-93 and 95-93, respectively, while Frank Lombardi scored it 94-94. The fight not only changed the lives of both fighters but also forged a strong bond between them.

This bout marked the beginning of a legendary trilogy between Gatti and Ward, with the two boxers meeting two more times within 13 months. The first meeting, however, holds a special place in boxing history due to its ferocity, heart, and the unforgettable ninth round.

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