Joey Gamache

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Joey Gamache
Real name Joey Gamache
Nickname(s) Maine's Best
Rated at Lightweight
Super Featherweight
Height 5 ft 6 in (168 cm)
Reach 64 in (163 cm)
Nationality United States American
Born (1966-05-20) May 20, 1966 (age 49)
Lewiston, Maine
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 59
Wins 55
Wins by KO 38
Losses 4
Draws 0
No contests 0

Joey Gamache (born May 20, 1966 in Lewiston, Maine) is a retired professional boxer. Gamache is the former WBA Super Featherweight, and WBA Lightweight Champion.[1]

At the age of 10, playing third base in Little League, he tended to loop his throws to first. His father suggested that if he worked out in a boxing gym he might strengthen arms and straighten out those long throws across the infield. But Joey loved the rites of the gym and soon set aside baseball to become a fighter.[2]

Pro career[edit]

Joey Gamache was trained by Tony Lampron and Teddy Atlas.[3] Gamache turned pro in 1987 and won his first 28 bouts.[4]

WBA Super Featherweight Championship[edit]

His victory over Jerry Ngobeni was to capture the vacant WBA Super Featherweight Championship in 1991.[5]

WBA Lightweight Championship[edit]

Joey then beat Chil-Sung Chun to capture the vacant WBA Lightweight Championship in 1992.[6]

Gamache lost his Lightweight Championship in his first defense to Tony Lopez via an 11th round TKO. In 1994 he took on Orzubek Nazarov for the WBA Lightweight Title, but suffered a TKO in the 2nd.[7]

In his last fight on Feb 26, 2000, Gamache was brutally knocked out in two rounds by Arturo Gatti at Madison Square Garden. He filed lawsuits against both Gatti and the New York State Athletic Commission. He alleges that Gatti weighed significantly more than the contracted weight at the time of the fight[8] The case was tried and decided by Judge Melvin Schweitzer, who found the state negligent in its lax handling of the pre-fight weigh-in. The judge, who was not convinced that the negligence was a substantial factor in causing an injury, did not award any damages. Gamache considered the verdict a win.[9][10]


Gamache is the only boxer from Maine to capture a world boxing title. His son, Steven Gamache, made his debut as a professional boxer in 2010.[11]

Today, Gamache works as a licensed boxing trainer, coaching some of the top fighters in the sport.

He has trained light middleweight Boyd Melson, who won the gold medal at the 2004 World Military Boxing Championships, 69-kg. weight class, and in March 2012 was 8 and 1 as a professional.[12] Gamache currently trains WBA Intercontinental Middleweight Champion Patrick Nielsen.[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Joey Gamache - Boxrec Boxing Encyclopaedia". May 23, 2010. Retrieved July 26, 2012. 
  2. ^ Berger, Phil (October 24, 1992). "Gamache, a Local Hero, Hopes to Add to Maine's Boxing Folklore". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ "Joey Gamache". 
  4. ^ "Maine Secretary of State Kids: Joey Gamache". February 26, 2000. Retrieved July 26, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Keeping Up With... Joey Gamache". August 6, 2008. Retrieved July 26, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Ex-fighter Joey Gamache has lawsuit against New York State Athletic Commission rejected - ESPN". April 8, 2010. Retrieved July 26, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Tony Lopez - Boxrec Boxing Encyclopaedia". July 11, 2012. Retrieved July 26, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Boxer injured in 2000 fight sues Gatti - Boxing- NBC Sports". MSNBC. March 2, 2006. Retrieved July 26, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Joey Gamache Lawsuit!". July 11, 2009. Retrieved July 26, 2012. 
  10. ^ Abramson, Mitch (July 11, 2009). "'Extreme Couponing' gone too far? Expert offers tips on how to save big without obsessing". Daily News (New York). 
  11. ^ "Steven Gamache wins pro boxing debut". Sun Journal. August 9, 2010. Retrieved July 26, 2012. 
  12. ^  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  13. ^ Q&A Joey Gamache. June 3, 2013. Retrieved August 19, 2013.

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Preceded by
Brian Mitchell
WBA Super Featherweight Champion
Jun 28, 1991–1991
Succeeded by
Genaro Hernandez
Preceded by
Pernell Whitaker
WBA Lightweight Champion
Jun 13, 1992 – Oct 24, 1992
Succeeded by
Tony Lopez