Greater Fighter: Arturo Gatti or Israel Vazquez?

Discussion in 'Classic Boxing Forum' started by Flo_Raiden, Nov 9, 2015.

  1. Flo_Raiden

    Flo_Raiden Boxing Addict Full Member

    Oct 12, 2010
    Surprised no one has tried making a comparison between these two.
    Who do you think was the greater fighter of the two in your opinion? Who was more exciting to watch?

    Personally they're both equally entertaining to watch and it's really hard to pick one over the other. I think Izzy was a bit more skilled and crafty and his wins over Rafael Marquez and Jhonny Gonzalez outweigh Gatti's best wins.
  2. N_ N___

    N_ N___ Boxing Addict Full Member

    Oct 1, 2014
    Nobody has made the comparison because Vazquez was definitely better and Gatti definitely had the better fights in total.
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  3. burt bienstock

    burt bienstock Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Jan 22, 2010
    To me an "oldtimer" [sorry about that], the name Israel Vasquez brings a smile to my face because he was as thrilling a featherweight I ever saw. He was as great a left-hooker as any small man I ever did see and deserves more adulation
    on ESB for his record of never being in a dull fight ever...
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  4. MrFoFody

    MrFoFody Boxing Addict Full Member

    Dec 17, 2005
    Israel Vasquez was one bad dude. The brutal whoopings he put on Marquez effectively ruined him as a belt holder/top contender.
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  5. MrFoFody

    MrFoFody Boxing Addict Full Member

    Dec 17, 2005
    And unfortunately for Vasquez, the irreparable eyebrow scar tissue ended his carreer
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  6. Foxy 01

    Foxy 01 Boxing Junkie banned

    Apr 23, 2012
    I'd say both men owed boxing nothing. They were great entertainers, but I think it is fair to say Vasquez was the " better " fighter.
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  7. Smokin Bert

    Smokin Bert Boxing Addict Full Member

    Sep 8, 2013

    I don't always agree with Foxy, but, I think he nailed it here.
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  8. Flo_Raiden

    Flo_Raiden Boxing Addict Full Member

    Oct 12, 2010
  9. 22JM

    22JM Boxing Addict Full Member

    Sep 10, 2016
  10. Xplosive

    Xplosive Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Jun 23, 2008
  11. AwardedSteak863

    AwardedSteak863 Well-Known Member Full Member

    Aug 16, 2018
    Vasquez without question. Gatti never beat anyone remotely as good as Rafeal Marquez. Don't get me wrong, I love Gatti as a fighter but Vasquez was better pound for pound
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  12. ChrisJS

    ChrisJS Well-Known Member Full Member

    Sep 11, 2018
    Exactly my thoughts.
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  13. Jel

    Jel Reserving the right to be inconsistent Full Member

    Oct 20, 2017
    Yeah, Vasquez was the better fighter.

    But who was more exciting?

    Gatti had unforgettable fights with Wilson Rodriguez (my personal favourite of his wars), Gabriel Ruelas, Ivan Robinson and, of course, two classics out of the three fights with Mickey Ward.

    Vasquez had the three wars with Rafael Marquez but also fantastic fights with Oscar Larios and Jhonny Gonzalez.

    Maybe just Gatti, but not by much.
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