Sunday, June 8, 2003

Arturo Gatti vs. John Gotti



By Ryan Ernst
The Cincinnati Enquirer

One has used the heart of a lion, a granite chin and a punches-in-bunches offense to thrill crowds and climb the lightweight and junior welterweight ranks. The other used drug trafficking, intimidation and murder to climb in the Gambino Crime Family ranks.

One is dead tired today after a fight Saturday night in Atlantic City. The other is just dead. Who's the real heavyweight? The boxer or the mobster? Let's go to the tape.

NICKNAME

"Thunder"

Edge

JG

"The Dapper Don," "The Teflon Don"

RECORD

35-6

Edge

AG

Too long to list here.

RIVAL

"Irish" Micky Ward, against whom he had three great fights.

Edge

AG

"Big" Paul Castellano, against whom he planned one brutal murder.

BACKGROUND

New Jersey-based Italian-Canadian.

Edge

JG

Born in the Bronx, raised in Brooklyn. Why? You wanna make somethin' of it?

CLAIM TO FAME

Has participated in the "Fight of the Year" three times: 1997-98, 2002.

Edge

AG

Widely regarded as the "Best Dressed Mobster" of all time.

PATENTED MOVE

Left hook.

Edge

JG

Quoting from Machiavelli's

"The Prince"

TURNED PRO

Earned a third-round TKO over Jose Gonzalez in 1991.

Edge

JG

Started hijacking trucks for the Gambino crime family at Kennedy Airport in 1966.

MENTOR

His trainer, Buddy McGirt, the best in boxing right now.

Edge

AG

Famous underboss Aniello Dellacroce.

TRAGIC FLAW

Trading punches with bigger opponents.

Edge

Push

Trusting Sammy "The Bull" Gravano.

SHOW-BOATING

Usually too busy punching.

Edge

JG

Once blew a kiss in court to a female prosecutor.

BENDING THE RULES

Adds up to 18 pounds of body weight after weigh-ins, before fights.

Edge

JG

Bought jurors and intimidated eyewitnesses before trials.

Winner: The nod goes to the Don (6-4). He may be dead, but we at Top of the Second would rather not take any chances.




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