Former boxing champion Arturo Gatti, who was to testify in a trial in New York this week in a lawsuit against the New York State Athletic commission by former opponent Joey Gamache, has been found dead in Brazil. Gatti was 37 years old. Read more on Gatti’s death below.
Gatti, 37, was said to be on a second honeymoon with his wife, Amanda, and 10-month-old baby when his blood-stained body was found in an apartment in Porto de Galinhas.
Police are investigating Gatti’s death and do suspect foul play.Gatti was found in his underwear, with blood stains on his neck and the back of his head at about 6 a.m. Saturday morning, according to the the CBC.
“It is still too early to say anything concrete, although it is all very strange,” Alves said.
A spokeswoman said Gatti’s wife and young son were unhurt.
“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 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.”
Gatti (40-9, 31 KOs) was best known for his three Pier 6 brawls with Micky Ward in 2002 and 2003. He fought often at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, where he was a fan favorite.
In his first fight after the Ward trilogy, which he won 2-1, Gatti captured a world title in his second division, winning a decision against Gianluca Branco for the vacant WBC junior welterweight title.
Gatti would go on to make two successful defenses before losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr. by a sixth-round TKO in June 2005. Gatti came back to defeat Thomas Damgaard, but lost his final two matches, suffering a ninth-round TKO against then welterweight champion Carlos Baldomir in July 2006. That was followed by a loss to former “Contender” star Alfonso Gomez in July 2007.
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