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Branco handed first loss in 12-round decision

Updated: January 25, 2004, 3:07 AM ET
Associated Press

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- He had Micky Ward in his corner, a broken hand in his right glove and a home-state crowd cheering his every move. For Arturo Gatti, all was right with the world.

Gatti, coming off a memorable three-fight series with Ward that earned both a spot in boxing lore, captured the WBC junior welterweight title Saturday with a unanimous 12-round decision over Italian champion Gianluca Branco.

Ward, who has since retired, walked Gatti into the ring where they fought ...

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