Originally Posted by Asterion
He was considered #1 Junior Welterweight contender by the Ring, though. And then a Top8 Welterweight when he beat Thomas Daamgard.
By the way, look the article about Gatti in Fightnews, they show you the changes in his face by comparing a photograph of 1991 and one of 2007. The guy has totally changed.
Yes, he was highly ranked and well regarded, not the word "glorified" journeyman/gatekeeper above 130.
Gatti would have beaten none of his 140 contemporaries, he would have been trashed, he was fed easy fights to keep the thing going for the fans.
The fact that he was ranked after beating a domestic danish tomato can is pretty pathetic since he was coming off of a one sided TKO loss. He was even ranked after Baldomir beat him down, I believe at #13 at the time he fought Gomez... that's pathetic.
He has totally changed, it's sickening the amount of punishment he's taken.