History | Mar 23 2018

On This Day: Battered Arturo Gatti finds miraculous KO punch from nowhere

Bloodied, battered and behind on points, Arturo Gatti incredibly rallied to knockout Wilson Rodriguez in one of the greatest fights ever seen at New York's famous Madison Square Garden
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Arturo Gatti vs Mickey Ward Ed Mulholland/USA Today Sports

THE world did not know of the Arturo Gatti legend that exists today before his March 1996 IBF super-featherweight defence against Wilson Rodriguez.

The 24-year-old had claimed the title three months before, boxing smartly to outwork Tracy Harris Patterson, but he
was forced to embrace the warrior within when things started badly against Rodriguez.

Cut after the first round, decked in the second, Gatti felt he had no choice but to slug away at the challenger. By the third round he was fighting as if it was the last.