Dan Rafael's 10 Greatest Fights Of All Time

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Ward vs. Gatti

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Ward and Gatti became like brothers during their epic trilogy in large part of because of the intense battle they waged in their first bout, a Ward majority decision. Their junior welterweight fights were not title bouts, but nobody cared. The action was incredible, particularly in the first give-and-take slugfest that included the all-time great ninth round. That's when Ward dropped Gatti with a sick left hook to the body only to see Gatti survive, get battered around the ring some more and then rally.