Archive for July, 2009


Mexican boxer Nazareth dies of brain hemorrhage‏

MEXICO CITY (AP)—Mexican junior welterweight Marco Antonio Nazareth has died at a hospital in Puerto Vallarta, four days after sustaining a brain hemorrhage in a loss to Omar Chavez.

The 23-year-old Nazareth was hospitalized after the fight, in which Nazareth was knocked down in the first round and knocked out in the fourth.

Nazareth underwent surgery after the fight, but his condition steadily worsened. His professional record was four victories—three by knockout—and four losses.

The undefeated Chavez is the son of former champion Julio Cesar Chavez.




Memorial Service will be held for Arturo Gatti on Thursday, July 30th at St. John’s The Baptist Church at 7pm‏

To all the Boxing Community;
A Memorial Service will be held for Arturo Gatti on Thursday, July 30th at St. John’s The Baptist Church at 7pm. The church is located at 3026 Kennedy Blvd in Jersey City. Arturo Gatti’s only manager, Pat Lynch, Main Events his only promoter, HBO Sports who televised Arturo’s greatest fights and Arturo’s entire extended family wish to honor his memory with family, friends and fans.
The Main Events and Pound for Pound family have no affiliation with any other memorial service.     
Yours in boxing,
Sal Alessi and The Pound for Pound Family

Arturo Gatti Funeral‏

Ida Gatti, mother of former world champion boxer Arturo Gatti, ...

Mon Jul 20, 1:28 PM ET

Ida Gatti, mother of former world champion boxer Arturo Gatti, holds up his WBC World Champion belt following his funeral service in Montreal, July 20, 2009. Gatti was found dead July 11, 2009 in in the northern Brazilian seaside resort of Porto de Galinhas.


R.I.P. Arturo Gatti  

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 Gatti’s wife remains in jail, police backtrackingBy BRADLEY BROOKS (AP)

RIO DE JANEIRO — Arturo Gatti’s wife will remain in jail pending a judicial decision despite the release of an autopsy report casting doubt on whether the former champion boxer was killed.

Police, meanwhile, are backing off strong statements that Gatti’s wife was unquestionably responsible for his death. Earlier they said she undoubtedly strangled him with her purse strap as he drunkenly slept.

The lawyer for Amanda Rodrigues — whom police have said is the only suspect in the fighter’s July 11 death — petitioned for her release through two legal channels.

Pernambuco state judge Fausto Campos on Monday denied the request that she be released because she was cooperating with police. He ruled, though, that her writ of habeas corpus must be examined by a three-judge panel, leaving open the possibility she will be freed. The panel meets each Tuesday, but the court did not say when Rodrigues’ request would be heard.

The judge’s decision came on the same day about 1,000 people turned out for Gatti’s funeral in his adopted hometown of Montreal.

Gatti was found dead in the apartment he was renting with Rodrigues in the seaside resort of Porto de Galinhas in Brazil’s northeast. The pair, who had a tumultuous marriage, had arrived there a few days before Gatti’s death for a second honeymoon. The couple brought their 10-month-old son, who was unhurt and is in the care of Rodrigues’ family in Brazil.

On Saturday, authorities released an initial autopsy report that said Gatti could have died in an unexplained accident, been murdered, or committed suicide. The report indicated Gatti died of asphyxiation after his body was “suspended and hanged.”

Police said from the beginning they think Rodrigues strangled Gatti as he slept — and they have said they think the crime scene was altered before Rodrigues reported Gatti’s death. Her attorney, however, said the fact Gatti’s body was found suspended proved his client’s innocence.

“The report was telling the truth,” Rodrigues’ attorney, Celio Avelino, told The Associated Press. “The report said he was hanged. She could never suspend and hang a man that size.”

But a Gatti family friend rejected out of hand the chance the fighter committed suicide.

“Nobody believes whatsoever that there’s even a one percent chance of a suicide. He lived life to the fullest,” said Ivano Scarpa, a close family friend who spoke during the funeral service in Canada.

Rodrigues, in a handwritten note given to the AP last week, proclaimed her innocence and said it would be proved within days.

Police inspector Paulo Alberes said he could no longer comment on the case until the investigation was complete — an abrupt reversal from many detailed statements investigators have given about Gatti’s death.

“I cannot confirm that she is a suspect,” Alberes said. “I can tell you that she is still imprisoned as of right now. That is it.”

The investigator said police hope to have their final report prepared by next week. The initial investigation report was legally required to be handed over to prosecutors by Wednesday, but police received an extension on that deadline.


Arturo Gatti’s funeral and memorial arrangements:

Joe Gatti, Arturo’s brother, who still lives in northern New Jersey, said the family is struggling to come to terms with his death and to handle the funeral and memorial arrangements. Gatti’s body is scheduled to be released Tuesday in Brazil.

The family had hoped to hold a service in New Jersey, but Gatti never obtained his U.S. citizenship, so they’re leaning toward an event in Montreal this weekend.


Police detain wife of former boxing champion Gatti

By TALES AZZONI, Associated Press Writer  


    SAO PAULO (AP)—The wife of former boxing champion Arturo Gatti was detained as a suspect by Brazilian authorities Sunday following his death at a posh seaside resort.

Police said 23-year-old Amanda Rodrigues was taken into custody after contradictions in her interrogation. Gatti’s body was found early Saturday in a hotel room at the Porto de Galinhas resort in northeastern Brazil.

The former junior welterweight champion was apparently strangled with the strap of a purse, which was found at the scene with blood stains, said Milena Saraiva, a spokeswoman for the Pernambuco state civil police. She told The Associated Press that the Canadian also had a head injury.

 The investigation was not complete, but Saraiva said authorities were preparing to present a formal accusation against Rodrigues, who denied being involved in her husband’s death.

Police said Rodrigues, a Brazilian, could not explain how she spent nearly 10 hours in the room without noticing that Gatti was already dead.

 Police were investigating witness reports that the couple fought and Gatti was drunk when he returned to his room Friday night, Saraiva said, adding that police were told the pair were extremely jealous of each other and that he constantly complained of her clothing when she traveled to Brazil.

 Acelino “Popo” Freitas, a four-time world champion Brazilian boxer, told Globo TV’s Web site on Saturday 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.”

 The couple’s 1-year-old son, who was unhurt, was with Rodrigues’ sister, Saraiva said.

 The 37-year-old Gatti, whose epic trilogy with Micky Ward branded him one of the most exciting fighters of his generation, retired in 2007 with a career record of 40-9 and 31 knockouts.

 Known for his straightforward punching and granite-like chin, Gatti captured the junior welterweight title in 1995, when he defeated Tracy Harris Patterson in Atlantic City.



R.I.P Arturo Gatti – “Thunder” Is Gone But His Fights Will Live Forever


arturo gattiby James Slater – 2009 has been a pretty cruel year for fight fans. Only a few days ago we lost the great Alexis Arguello, then, yesterday, boxing lost two other very special practitioners of the noble art. Ireland’s John Caldwell died of cancer at the age of 71 and on the same day, Arturo Gatti – far more world renowned than the Belfast man who once held the world bantamweight title – was found dead in Brazil.

News is still being gathered as to how the 37-year-old modern day legend passed, but suspicious circumstances look highly plausible. Gatti is gone, however, and fans everywhere are saddened and stunned at the news. As courageous inside the ropes as any fighter you care to mention, it’s so unfair that Arturo has died now, when barely two years into his retirement from boxing.

Born in Italy on April 15th, 1972, Gatti was raised in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and in June of 1991 the 19-year-old began a pro career that would see him become one of the sport’s most beloved and respected warriors..

Punching for pay, initially as a super-featherweight, Gatti went 6-0(5) before losing a spit verdict against King Solomon in Philadelphia in November of 1992. Gatti would not lose for another six years. Working his way towards super-featherweight title contention, Gatti earned himself fine wins over good fighters like Pete Taliaferro (TKO 1 to win the USBA title) and Richard Salazar (TKO 10) – before getting a shot at IBF 130-pound champion Tracy Harris Patterson in December of 1995. Gatti the boxer won a UD over 12-rounds and was a world champion at the age of 23.

Capable of showing off his fine boxing skills as well as brawling in an ultra-exciting fashion, it was the latter style that made Gatti the hero he is today. Known as either “Thunder” or, later, “The Human Highlight Reel,” Gatti punched his way into the hearts and minds of fight fans the world over. His first real classic came in October of 1997, as Arturo made the third defence of his IBF belt, against Mexico’s Gabriel Ruelas.

Hurt big time in the 4th-round – where he took shot after unanswered shot – Gatti somehow made it to the bell. Then, in the 5th, the crowd roaring as they would be in so many of their hero’s battles, Gatti starched Ruelas, a former world champion, with a cracking left hook to the head. The fight was later given Fight of The Year credentials by a number of publications.
Amazingly, Gatti would lose his next three fights.

Moving up to lightweight, Gatti was stopped on cuts in a thriller with Angel Manfredy. Downed in the 3rd before being stopped in the 8th-round, Gatti tasted his second defeat. Then, in two astonishing wars with Ivan Robinson, “Thunder” lost desperately close decisions. Far from diminish his popularity, these three setbacks further endeared Gatti to his fans.

A brutal and chilling KO of the much smaller Joey Gamache followed, in 2000 at light-welterweight, before Gatti moved up to 147 and fought a hi-profile battle with “The Golden Boy,” Oscar De La Hoya. Though he tried his best to win as always, in this fight it was Gatti who was the significantly smaller man. Oscar stopped him in the 5th-round in March of 2001 and many felt Gatti’s time at the top had gone.

Taking almost a year off, Gatti came back at 140-pounds in January of 2002. Stopping Terron Millet inside 4-rounds, Arturo now had new trainer and former world champion James “Buddy” McGirt helping him. Generally credited with saving his new fighter’s career by reintroducing him to his boxing skills, McGirt got Gatti back on track. However, one fight later, in the first of a now cherished three-fight series with “Irish” Micky Ward, Gatti was to lose again.

Boxing to McGirt’s orders for the first third or so of the non-title light-welterweight fight that took place in May of 2002, Gatti was then sucked into a war by Ward and the two put on a fight for the ages – a fight so good commentator Emanuel Steward referred to one of the fight’s rounds as “The Round of the Century!”

Gatti-Ward 1 truly was a throwback to the great days of the 1950s.

Two more savage wars ensued between the two fierce but respectful rivals – one in 2002, the other in 2003 – and though neither sequel was quite as good as the original, the action in fights two and three was very special indeed. Today, the Gatti-Ward trilogy is rightfully called one of the greatest in boxing history. All three wars somehow went the distance, with Gatti winning the series 2 to 1.

In hindsight, and though he would go on to become a two-time world champion by beating Italy’s Gianluca Branco for the WBC 140-pound belt in January of 2004, the Ward fights had all but drained Gatti of his full fighting prowess. Still as gutsy as ever, Gatti actually had an relatively easy night in out-pointing Branco, as he did in his first defence, a 2-round stoppage of Leonard Dorin six months later.

But then, after another less than physically demanding win, this one over a faded Jesse James Leija (KO 5), Gatti went in with future pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Junior. The fight was no contest right from the start, with “Pretty Boy’s” amazing speed and accuracy taking Gatti apart in a dozen rounds. Pounded and utterly beaten, Arturo was kept on his stool by McGirt at the start of the 7th-round. There would, unfortunately, be no astonishing comeback win for the fan favourite in this fight.

Gatti’s career could well have ended right then and there, but Atlantic City’s favourite son (Gatti fought so often at The Boardwalk Hall in AC that the venue was known as “The House that Gatti Built) chose to box on. A win over unbeaten Dane Thomas Damgaard in January of 2006 (TKO 11) looked better than it was, but for the time being Gatti was back.

Now up at full welterweight, the 33-year-old was as popular as ever. There would be just two more fights to come, though; both losses.

Challenging new WBC 147-pound boss Carlos Baldomir in July of 2006, Gatti showed flashes of his old self, before being worn down and stopped in the 9th-round of a good fight. The curtain should definitely have been brought down on Gatti’s extraordinary career now, as Buddy McGirt knew, opting as he did to walk away from his position as trainer after the loss.

But Gatti gave it one more shot, against the relatively light-punching former Contender star Alfonso Gomez. Now trained by old foe and now firm friend Micky Ward, Gatti went out in sad fashion in the 7th-round against the man who idolised him. The win upset all concerned, including Gomez.

Finally, after one of the most amazing rides ever given to the world’s fights fans, Gatti’s career was over at the age of 35. Fittingly, Gatti’s last fight took place at the Boardwalk Hall. Retiring with a record of 40-9(31), Arturo, a two -time world champion, had earned a very special place in the history of his chosen sport – that of the most thrilling-to-watch fighter of the last half century or more.

Tragically, as we are all trying to take in, Arturo died less than two years into one of the most well earned retirements in all of boxing.



Canadian boxer Arturo Gatti found dead in Brazil


Canadian boxer Arturo Gatti found dead in Brazil

SAO PAULO  ?  Officials say former world boxing champion Arturo Gatti has been found dead in a hotel room in northeastern Brazil.

Former world boxing champion Arturo Gatti, who was raised in Montreal, has been found dead in northeastern Brazil.

On a second honeymoon with his wife and 10-month-old baby, Gatti’s blood-stained body was found in an apartment in Porto de Galinhas, Brazilian police say.

A police investigation is underway, but few details are being released. Foul play is suspected in the death.

Gatti’s body was found at around 6 a.m. Saturday morning. He was found in his underwear, with blood stains on his neck and the back of his head.

Nicknamed “Thunder,” Gatti was one of the most successful Canadian boxers in history. Beginning his professional career in 1991 at age 19, he scored a third-round knockout in his first bout.

Three years later he captured the United States Boxing Association junior lightweight title and successfully defended it twice. He earned the International Boxing Federation’s world junior lightweight title the following year.

Born in Italy but raised in Montreal, the 37-year-old Gatti retired two years ago.


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