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Micky Ward & Arturo Gatti Signed Autographs Photo [4594631]

16x20 photo hand signed by both Micky Ward and Arturo Gatti (died 2009). Autographed extremely clear in silver marker. The pair are known for one of the most formidable boxing rivalry’s and their ferocious, blockbuster fight trilogy. Professionally framed and mounted with an exclusively designed photo mount displaying a collage of photos that tell the story of the epic trilogy including images of the fight, the pair embracing and the fight posters. A bold title on the mount bares the wording ‘TRILOGY – the most devastating, ferocious and action packed trilogy in boxing history. Not for the faint-hearted’. The famous Gatti quote from after the second fight is displayed underneath the photo reading ‘I used to wonder what would happen if I fought my twin. Now I know’. Both autographs were obtained at a private signing. Overall size of the item – 28x29 inches. History - Micky Ward vs Arturo Gatti is the most Iconic Trilogy in boxing history. The 3 fights took place back to back over a 13 month period. Blood, sweat, tears, crash, thunder and lightning proceeded in the ring whilst entertaining boxing fans around the world. Fight 1 took place May 18th 2002 at the Mohegan Sun Arena, in Connecticut. Ward won the fight on a minority decision with a 9th round Knockdown proving the difference. The fight was back and forth displaying savage relentless slugging. The fight was named 2002 Ring Magazine fight of the year and both fighters spent needed care in trauma centres after the brawl. The pair rematched immediately on November 23rd 2002 in Atlantic City. The fight did not disappoint. With broken bones and more post trauma centre’s, Gatti won the fight on a Unanimous Decision. Ward was knocked down in the 3rd round but heroically survived to finish the fight. After the fight Gatti famously paid tribute to Gatti’s heart and tenacity by saying ‘I used to wonder what would happen if I fought my twin. Now I know’. After two wins each the pair formed a respectable but formidable rivalry. They agreed to a third straight fight at the same venue in July 7th 2003, and again, the fight was back and forth. Gatti pounded Ward with punch after punch early on, but Ward fought back and managed a sixth round knockdown of Gatti. Before Gatti could get up, or the referee's count could hit ten, the bell sounded to end the round. Gatti was able to come back and win the fight via a unanimous decision. Again, both men needed a trip to the hospital, due to the injuries they suffered. The fight was named the 2003 Ring magazine fight of the year. This was Ward’s final fight where as Gatti continued for another 4 years winning the WBC Super Lightweight Title, retaining it in two fights before losing it to Floyd Mayweather Jnr in 2005. Post boxing career the pair went down two totally different roads. In 2010 Micky Ward was played by Mark Whalberg in the critically acclaimed film ‘The Fighter’ about Ward’s rise to fame. Tragically in July 2011 Gatti was found dead in a Brazilian hotel by his wife and child. He was just 37 years old. His death was mired in controversy, with his wife first being arrested for homicide and then released after an autopsy ruled his death was suicide.

£ 1,195.00