Arturo Gatti Jr. Gets Boxing Lessons from Boxing Legend Mike Tyson

Published 08/20/2021, 1:47 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 13: Former champion Mike Tyson poses on the red carpet during the Box Fan Expo at the Las Vegas Convention Center on September 13, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Alex Menendez/Getty Images)


Boxing Hall of Famer Arturo Gatti’s son is following his father’s footsteps and getting into boxing. At the young age of just 11, Arturo Gatti Jr has amassed a following of seven thousand on his Instagram. He posts videos of his workout and pictures from his day-to-day life.

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Mike Tyson has always admired Gatti Sr. and has spoken about his legendary chin. So it only makes sense that the baddest man on the planet gives Arturo Gatti Jr some boxing advice. Gatti Jr stays in Canada, but he visited Mike Tyson in his gym in Los Angeles to train with him.

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‘Iron’ Mike tells the youngster to use his feet while punching to generate more power. At the end of the video, you can hear Mike saying, “I wish you lived here.” Fans of Arturo Gatti Jr have already pointed out the striking similarities between the father and son.

Fans loved Arturo Gatti Sr. for his incredible chin and his heart. Gatti never knew when he lost the fight. He would win bouts after getting knocked down and with his eye swelling shut. His never-give-up attitude is what made fans adore the Italian.

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Arturo Gatti Jr will look to continue his father’s legacy

One look at Gatti Sr’s nicknames will tell you what kind of fighter he was. ‘Thunder’, ‘The Blood and Guts Warrior’, ‘ The Human Highlight Reel’ are the monikers given to the Italian from Montreal.

Gatti is a former champion in two weight classes and received The Ring Magazines fight of the year award on four separate occasions. The fans knew Arturo Gatti Sr as a power puncher with an iron chin.

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Gatti’s fighting style always made for intense brawls. The Italian possessed great fight IQ and technical ability, but that’s not how he liked fighting. Gatti preferred to trade blow for blow against his opponents and see who would last longer.

Gatti’s manager Pat Lynch told HBO Sports –“After the Bostic fight we’re walking into the dressing room, and there’s [veteran trainer/cutman] Al Gavin. And he’s got his hands spread by his crotch, and he goes, ‘This f****** kid’s got ’em this big. I’ve never seen a bigger set of balls on a person in my life.’ That was the fight that told us what kind of heart Arturo had.”

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This is the legacy that Arturo Gatti Jr. will look to continue. The little champ is on his way to the top. Do you think he will be able to surpass his dad in boxing?

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Allan Binoy

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Allan Binoy is a Combat Sports Author at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in English Literature. Allan is a semi-professional football player for Diego Juniors FC.

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