Intimate Warfare: The True Story of the Arturo Gatti and Micky Ward Boxing Trilogy

Intimate Warfare: The True Story of the Arturo Gatti and Micky Ward Boxing Trilogy

by Dennis Taylor, John J. Raspanti


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Intimate Warfare: The True Story of the Arturo Gatti and Micky Ward Boxing Trilogy traces the lives and careers of two legendary fighters—Micky Ward, a humble, hardscrabble, blue-collar Irishman from Lowell, Massachusetts, and Arturo Gatti, a handsome, flashy, charismatic Italian-born star who was raised in Montreal. Dennis Taylor and John J. Raspanti paint a vivid portrait of these two fighters who ushered each other into boxing lore and formed an unlikely friendship despite their brutal battles in the ring. Gatti’s life would end tragically and mysteriously just a few years later, but his name and Ward’s remain tied together in boxing history.

In Intimate Warfare, each of the three spectacular fights between Gatti and Ward, two of which were named The Ring magazine’s “Fight of the Year,” are described in detail. Multiple photographs from the trilogy highlight the intensity and power of these epic collisions. With a foreword by former world champion and International Boxing Hall of Famer Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, this book will be of interest to all fans of boxing.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442273054
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 12/01/2016
Pages: 204
Sales rank: 850,128
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Dennis Taylor is a professional journalist of more than 40 years. He is the editor/publisher of and host of The Ringside Boxing Show, a worldwide Internet radio program. He has also written for and Taylor is the author of A Puncher's Chance: Amazing Tales from the Ringside Boxing Show, a nonfiction boxing book, and The Miracle Myth, a novel.

John J. Raspanti is Chief Lead Writer for both and A well-known boxing writer, Raspanti has also contributed to The Ring online (

Table of Contents

Foreword Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini ix

Acknowledgments xi

Prologue xvii

Part I Collision Course 1

1 "I Always Wondered What It Would Be Like to Fight My Twin" 3

2 Micky 9

3 Arturo 17

4 Brother's Keeper 23

5 Roller Coaster 29

6 Blood Is Not Always Thicker 39

7 Crossroads 59

8 Rebirth 69

9 "It's Going to Be a Great Fight" 79

Part II Intimate Warfare 81

10 Beautiful, Ugly, and Dangerous 83

11 "Let's Do It Again" 91

12 Blood and Guts 101

Part III Blood Brothers 111

13 Friends 113

14 Reunion 117

15 An Enduring Mystery 121

Epilogue 129

Afterword: Arturo Gatti and the Hall of Fame John J. Raspanti 131

Appendix A Memories of Gatti, Ward, and the Trilogy 135

Appendix B Boxing Records 145

Notes 163

Index 171

About the Authors 175

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