SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Arturo Thunder Gatti didn't live to see his finest day.
Gatti, who won world championships in two different weight classes, heads the class of 2013 to be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. He retired in 2007 with a record of 40-9 with 31 knockouts and was selected in his first year of eligibility. Gatti died three years ago in Brazil at age 37 under mysterious circumstances.
He gave it all in the ring, said Irish Micky Ward, who had three memorable bouts with Gatti. He gave everything to the sport of boxing. He gave the fans what they wanted.
Also selected for induction were: Virgil Quicksilver Hill, a five-time world champion and Olympic medalist; light flyweight champion Myung-Woo Yuh; Wesley Ramey and Jeff Smith in the old-timer (posthumous) category; Joe Coburn in the pioneer category; referee Mills Lane; ring announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr.; manager Cuyo Hernandez; cartoonist Ted Carroll; and journalist Colin Hart.