History | Jul 24 2019

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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2.2. GATTI, 32, was two years younger than his opponent but was infinitely more war torn – his 37-6 (28) record decorated with epic barnburners. Dorin, 22-0-1 (8), had not turned professional until he was 28 after spending several years chasing his dream – the Olympic gold. He had come close on two occasions, securing bronze in both the 1992 and 1996 Games.

3. UNDER trainer Buddy McGirt, Gatti had learn to temper his fiery style in recent fights, but following slugfests with Ivan Robinson, Wilson Rodriguez, Gabriel Ruelas, Angel Manfredy and most famously, Micky Ward, many wondered for how much longer “Thunder” would roar.