Micky Ward (37-11, 27 KOs)
vs. Arturo Gatti (34-5, 28 KOs)
May 18, 2002, Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Conn.
One of the greatest boxing rivalries of all time was christened with an epic brawl that inspired a spectacular trilogy. Neither Ward nor Gatti had a reverse gear, and no boxer in history had a bigger heart than these two guys. A harbinger of things to come was the fact that two of the greatest men in history, Al Gavin (Ward) and Joe Souza (Gatti) were recruited to work the corners. HBO's Jim Lampley, Larry Merchant and Emanuel Steward did a great job of anticipating a memorable fight, and this one exceeded even the wildest expectations.
CLICK HERE to watch the original broadcast of Gatti-Ward I, a fight that will live forever.