Gatti vs Ward

The Round of the Century: Arturo Gatti vs Mickey Ward


In 2002, Arturo Gatti and Mickey Ward’s ninth round of an already thrilling fight went down in sporting history as the Round of the Century. Both relentless in their path toward victory, neither Gatti nor Ward were willing to give up despite the mental and physical exhaustion that was plaguing them.

What still makes this one of the most talked about matches in boxing is not the technical skills of either man, but the endurance, bravery and perseverance that was displayed.

Gatti and Ward were perfect components and it would seem, the perfect friends. Their rivalry in the ring did not impact a great friendship between the pair, which ended with Gatti’s untimely passing in 2007.