History | Jul 24 2018

On This Day: ‘It’s nice not to go to hospital for a change,’ says Arturo ‘Thunder’ Gatti after knocking out Leonard Dorin

Matt Christie looks back on one of Arturo Gatti's final, and easiest, victories
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Arturo Gatti vs Mickey Ward Ed Mulholland/USA Today Sports

1. LEONARD DORIN was fighting an idol when he challenged Arturo Gatti for the WBC light-welterweight title on July 24 2004 at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. “To me Gatti is a dream,” the transplanted Romanian said through an interpreter. “When I came to Canada and I saw him on TV, all I could think was ‘Wow – look at this great boxer’. He falls but he gets up to win. Gatti will remain an example to follow for many, many years.”

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