Saturday, July 11, 2009

Former boxing champion Arturo Gatti found dead at the age of 37

Former IBF Junior Lightweight champion and WBC Junior Welterweight champion Arturo Gatti was found dead in his hotel room early Saturday morning in Porto de Galihnas. Gatti was at a resort enjoying his second honeymoon with his wife and one-year-old son. They were both unharmed.

Police suspect foul play although no stab or bullet wounds were found on the body of former boxer with a career 40-9 record, with 31 knockouts.

Gatti may be most remembered for his trilogy of fights with Mickey Ward. Ward won the first matchup with Gatti winning the second fight. Gatti broke his hand in the midst of the third fight between the two, but won it anyway by decision. That fight, and the first matchup between Ward and Gatti, were named "Fight of the Year" in 2002 and 2003, respectively.

Former boxer and world champion Acelino Freitas, who was close friends with Gatti, told a Brazilian website that Gatti and his wife had been having troubles are were likely about to separate, although he was unaware of the couple's trip to Brazil.

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