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Old 07-11-2009, 06:50 PM   #1
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Default Boxer Arturo Gatti found dead-Foul play suspected

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SAO PAULO -- Former boxing champion Arturo Gatti, one of the most exciting fighters of his generation, was found dead in a hotel room in the posh seaside resort of Porto de Galihnas early Saturday.

Police investigator Edilson Alves told The Associated Press that the body of the former junior welterweight champ was discovered in his hotel room at the tourist resort, where Gatti had arrived on Friday with his Brazilian wife Amanda and 1-year-old son.

Alves said police were investigating and it was unclear how the 37-year-old Canadian died. Foul play is suspected in the death, the CBC reported.

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AP Photo/Mel EvansArturo Gatti celebrates his win over Thomas Damgaard in 2006.

"It is still too early to say anything concrete, although it is all very strange," Alves said.

A spokeswoman for the state public safety department said Gatti's wife and son were unhurt. The women declined to give a name in keeping with department policy.

"There were no bullet or stab wounds on his body, but police did find blood stains on the floor," she said.

Brazilian boxer and four-time world champion Acelino "Popo" Freitas told the G1 Web site of Brazil's largest television network Globo that he was a close friend of Gatti and his wife, and that he "knew they were having some sort of problem and were about to separate, but I didn't know they were in Brazil."

Francisco Assis, a local police investigator, told G1 that Gatti could have died up to eight hours before his body was found early Saturday.

Gatti (40-9, 31 KOs), nicknamed "Thunder", was best known for his all-action style, which was epitomized in his classic trilogy with Micky Ward in 2002 and 2003.

It's why Gatti was a fixture at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J., where he drew huge crowds and fought many times, including the final nine fights of his career.

"His entire boxing career he fought with us, we've known him since he was 17," Kathy Duva of promoter Main Events told The Associated Press. "It's just an unspeakable tragedy. I can't even find words. It's a horror."

He won two world titles in his 16-year pro career. In 1995, he won his first one, outpointing Tracy Harris Patterson to claim the IBF junior lightweight title.

In his first fight after the Ward trilogy -- which Gatti won 2-1 -- he captured a world title in his second division, outpointing Gianluca Branco for the vacant WBC junior welterweight title in January 2004.

Gatti made two defenses before losing the title to Floyd Mayweather Jr. via sixth-round TKO in June 2005. He returned to defeat Thomas Damgaard but lost his final two bouts, a ninth-round TKO in a challenge to then-welterweight champion Carlos Baldomir in July 2006 followed by a one-sided beating from former "Contender" star Alfonso Gomez in July 2007.

In the dressing room following the seventh-round knockout loss to Gomez, Gatti announced his retirement.

Neumann said it was tough for him to end that fight, simply because of Gatti's incredible ability to come back in fights.

"I couldn't stop that fight, simply because he was Arturo Gatti," referee Randy Neumann said. "He was much more dignified to go out that way. He had to be counted out. When he fought, you never knew if he could come back. He looked beaten and still came back."

More than his titles, Gatti will be remembered for the slugfests. He was half of the Ring magazine fight of the year four times for two the Ward fights as well as his 1997 fifth-round knockout of Gabriel Ruelas to retain the junior lightweight title and a 1998 decision loss to Ivan Robinson.

With that loss, Gatti acknowledged the end of all his travails and triumphs.

"I remember walking away from his last fight, and somebody walked up to him in the casino late at night and congratulated him," Duva said. "And he said, 'Why did he congratulate me?' And I said, 'He was excited to meet you.' And he kind of looked very surprised by that.

"He had no idea what an icon he was or how much he meant to people."

Gatti had two memorable battles with Robinson as well as dramatic fights with Wilson Rodriguez, Angel Manfredy and Calvin Grove -- all before the trilogy with Ward that defined his career.

Gatti was a staple of HBO's boxing broadcasts, appearing on the network 21 times.

"HBO Sports is tremendously saddened by the passing of Arturo Gatti," HBO Sports president Ross Greenburg said. "He was one of the legendary warriors in boxing, and his three epic battles with Micky Ward will live on in the sport's rich history. All of us at HBO Sports will miss his warm and friendly presence, and our deepest sympathy goes out to his manager Pat Lynch, promoter Main Events, led by Kathy Duva, and the entire Arturo Gatti family. Boxing has lost a great and humble man."

Gatti had been working in real estate in Montreal following his retirement, but still attended fights, as he did in April for the Timothy Bradley-Kendall Holt junior welterweight unification bout at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

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Too bad. He was a great boxer to watch. God bless him
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Gatti was the most exciting fighter of his generation. Anyone who likes boxing should check out his matches with:

Tracy Patterson 1
Wilson Rodriguez
Rafael Ruelas
Angel Manfredy
Ivan Robinson 1 & 2
Micky Ward 1 (2 & 3 are decent too but nowhere near as good)

These fights are better than ANY ufc or pride or mma fight could ever dream of being

Gatti fought with incredibly heart and desire, fought anyone they put in front of him and gave everything he had every time he fought. Was also very nice to the fans, myself included
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Old 07-11-2009, 06:59 PM   #4
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I understand Brazil is a pretty rough place in general.....R.I.P.
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wow ....... Gatti was one of my favorites , He wasnt a pretty fighter , but he brought it 100% every round
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Gatti was one of the toughest guys around.

Ring MAgazine's fights of the year

Disk 10 1996-98
1996 Evander Holyfield vs. Mike Tyson
1997 Arturo Gatti vs. Gabriel Ruelas
1998 Arturo Gatti vs. Ivan Robinson

Disk 12 2001-2003
2001 Micky Ward vs. Emanuel Augustus
2002 Micky Ward vs. Arturo Gatti
2003 Arturo Gatti vs. Micky Ward

I have these fights on 2 DVDs if anyone wants to see a great fighter drop me a PM and I'll hook you up.

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Gatti was the most exciting fighter of his generation. Anyone who likes boxing should check out his matches with:

Tracy Patterson 1
Wilson Rodriguez
Rafael Ruelas
Angel Manfredy
Ivan Robinson 1 & 2
Micky Ward 1 (2 & 3 are decent too but nowhere near as good)

These fights are better than ANY ufc or pride or mma fight could ever dream of being

Gatti fought with incredibly heart and desire, fought anyone they put in front of him and gave everything he had every time he fought. Was also very nice to the fans, myself included

A great boxing match is just about better than any other sporting event. Way better than any UF matches. The problem is that great boxing matches are fewer than in the past. Gatti was in a lot of great fights though.
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A great boxing match is just about better than any other sporting event. Way better than any UF matches. The problem is that great boxing matches are fewer than in the past. Gatti was in a lot of great fights though.
Yep ......... right on the money , though i would love to see mayweather vs Paq ...... i think Paq wins ......The heavys really need some serious talent ..........
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Yep ......... right on the money , though i would love to see mayweather vs Paq ...... i think Paq wins ......The heavys really need some serious talent ..........
The Klitschko brothers are talented but too technical, style wise, to be exciting. Beyond those two, the heavyweight division has nothing to offer and the brothers have vowed to never fight one another. Heck, the ancient Evander Holyfield should have one of the paper titles after being robbed of the WBA crown against seven foot Russian Nicolai Valuev in his last fight.
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The Klitschko brothers are talented but too technical, style wise, to be exciting. Beyond those two, the heavyweight division has nothing to offer and the brothers have vowed to never fight one another. Heck, the ancient Evander Holyfield should have one of the paper titles after being robbed of the WBA crown against seven foot Russian Nicolai Valuev in his last fight.
I would agree with this
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A great boxing match is just about better than any other sporting event. Way better than any UF matches. The problem is that great boxing matches are fewer than in the past. Gatti was in a lot of great fights though.
I grew up watching Boxing. But now I prefer a UF fight. A slug fest is a slug fest. But a great UFC Fight>a great boxing match.
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Police detain Gatti's wife as suspect
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Gatti was the most exciting fighter of his generation. Anyone who likes boxing should check out his matches with:

Tracy Patterson 1
Wilson Rodriguez
Rafael Ruelas
Angel Manfredy
Ivan Robinson 1 & 2
Micky Ward 1 (2 & 3 are decent too but nowhere near as good)

These fights are better than ANY ufc or pride or mma fight could ever dream of being

Gatti fought with incredibly heart and desire, fought anyone they put in front of him and gave everything he had every time he fought. Was also very nice to the fans, myself included
These affliction wearing douchebags know nothing of the eb and flow of the sweet science.

RIP Arturo "Thunder" Gatti
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Hard to believe that this guy could be choked to death by his wife, Unless she is 6'8" 350+
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I grew up watching Boxing. But now I prefer a UF fight. A slug fest is a slug fest. But a great UFC Fight>a great boxing match.
I disagree. There is nothing like an epic boxing match. Hearns/Leonard, Ali/Foreman, Ali/Frazier, Hagler/Leonard, Hagler/Hearns, Barrera/Morales, Duran/Barkley. These fighs are epic fights. Battles of will.

I don't think UFC will ever reach that stature becaus ethe fights just don';t go long enough. They just don't hold up to a 12-15 round epic fight.
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He was choked with a strap from his wife's purse. So either the killer just found a convenient murder weapon or it was not a planned attack. He was planning a separation so maybe she decided to off him before he wrote her out of the will.

Stranger things have happened. He was 37. She is 23. McNair was 36. His murderer was 20.

Memo to rich jocks - try sticking with your own age group. These college-age chicks can be fatal and they rarely make for sustained relationships.
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He was choked with a strap from his wife's purse. So either the killer just found a convenient murder weapon or it was not a planned attack. He was planning a separation so maybe she decided to off him before he wrote her out of the will.

Stranger things have happened. He was 37. She is 23. McNair was 36. His murderer was 20.

Memo to rich jocks - try sticking with your own age group. These college-age chicks can be fatal and they rarely make for sustained relationships.
No Way. Huge difference, McNair's girl had a gun. Anyone can shoot someone with a gun.
No way a woman takes a strap and chokes "Thunder Gatti" to death, it just ain't going to happen. Even at 37 the guy is/was one of the toughest guy's on the planet and still in good shape. Unless he was drugged or in a coma.
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wow. I would have to hear some expert testimony showing how if a killer gets on the windpipe quickly a person can strangle a much larger person. I bet its true.

Its a good defense though to say she didn't have the strength.
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No Way. Huge difference, McNair's girl had a gun. Anyone can shoot someone with a gun.
No way a woman takes a strap and chokes "Thunder Gatti" to death, it just ain't going to happen. Even at 37 the guy is/was one of the toughest guy's on the planet and still in good shape. Unless he was drugged or in a coma.
The article stated that he was drunk going back to the hotel room. It also said that he sustained another injury. It's not hard to believe that she hit him over the head with something and then strangled him.

Of course it's also not out of the realm of possibility that she had someone do it for her.

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I disagree. There is nothing like an epic boxing match. Hearns/Leonard, Ali/Foreman, Ali/Frazier, Hagler/Leonard, Hagler/Hearns, Barrera/Morales, Duran/Barkley. These fighs are epic fights. Battles of will.

I don't think UFC will ever reach that stature becaus ethe fights just don';t go long enough. They just don't hold up to a 12-15 round epic fight.
Amen! I used to love the Hagler, Hearns, Leonard fights, not to mention Frazier, Foreman, Ali fights. And one of the best in his prime was Duran. They just don't have the spark in the ring like they used to. I've enjoyed Kosta Tzsu (sp). That's about it lately.
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Depends if she got him from behind .......or stunned him with a quick shot to the twins ( aka the Balls ) just so many different ways , hard to say right now
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Amen! I used to love the Hagler, Hearns, Leonard fights, not to mention Frazier, Foreman, Ali fights. And one of the best in his prime was Duran. They just don't have the spark in the ring like they used to. I've enjoyed Kosta Tzsu (sp). That's about it lately.
Paq. brings that , and ihave to say , Paq has amazing power from awkward stances ........ But yeah the golden age of Boxing ........ I find my watching a match these days and saying good grief , Ali or hearns ( what ever weight class I happen to be watching ) would have destroyed this cup cake in a matter of minutes ....... So many Boxers today hold their chin to high and dont tap to find range ........
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