Boxer Arturo Gatti Found Dead in Brazil

July 11, 2009

Former boxing champ Arturo Gatti was found dead in a Brazilian hotel room Saturday. Get more details about the developing story plus see photos, video and read a biography of the boxer here.

‘Arturo Gatti Found Dead’ are the headlines that are making its way around the net and newspapers today, as the former boxing champ, 37, was found dead Saturday.

The New York Daily News reports that he was found dead in a room at the Porto de Galinhas resort in northeastern Brazil, via the CBC.

Investigators are still baffled as to how Gatti died, as his body was found blood-stained. One of the investigators, Edilson Alves, said:

“It is still too early to say anything concrete, although it is all very strange.”

An unidentified spokeswoman for the state public safety department reported that Gatti’s wife, Amanda, and 10 month old son were not hurt. “There were no bullet or stab wounds on his body, but police did find blood stains on the floor.” she said.

Preliminary reports, according to Sky Sports, reveal that foul play is suspected.

Arturo Gatti Biography

As a biography, Arturo Gatti was born on April 15, 1972 in Italy. He was 37 years of age when he died. His parents are of Italian descent and he was raised in Montreal, Canada.

At the age of 19, Gatti turned pro (1991) and moved to Jersey City, New Jersey to train. His first professional bout was on June 10, 1991, knocking out Jose Gonzalez in the third round in Secaucus. He would go undefeated for six more fights before being beat by King Solomon in a split decision on November 17, 1992 in six rounds.

He fought Plawen Goutchev in Amsterdam on March 23, 1993, in which he won by a knockout in the first round. In 1994, he beat Leon Bostic and won the USBA super featherweight title by knocking out Pete Taliaferro in the first round. He went on to beat Richard Salazar and Jose Sanabria to defend his title.

In 1995, after beating Tracy Harris Patterson (116–111, 115–112, 114–113), he signed with HBO to a multi-fight deal on HBO Boxing. Over the next few years, he went on to beat Wilson Rodriguez, Calvin Grove and Gabriel Ruelas, with Ring Magazine dubbing the fight against Ruelas the “fight of the year”.

He had an unsuccessful year in 1998, losing to Angel Manfredy and Ivan Robinson. In 2000, he fought former world champ Joey Gamache amid controversy. He allegedly gained 19 pounds after the weigh-in the day before and had a larger advantage over Gamache on the day of the fight. Gatti knocked Gamache out in the second round, leaving Gamache in a coma for a day. The discovery of Gatti’s weight gain led to a new law that requires boxers not to exceed a certain amount of extra weight after the weigh in and the actual day of the fight, thus weighing boxers now on the day of the fight as well.

Gatti fought Oscar de la Hoya in 2001, but lost by TKO in the fifth round. He fought Terronn Millett, former world champion, in 2002 and beat him by a fourth round knockout. In the first two fights against Micky Ward, he lost the first but won the second, with both bouts lasting ten rounds. The first fight was honored by Ring Magazine as “fight of the year”. The third fight against Ward found Gatti breaking his right hand in the fourth round, thus leaving Gatti no choice but to fight mostly one handed. His perseverance paid off, as he won the fight and again, was honored by Ring Magazine as “fight of the year”.

He went on to fight through 2007, and eventually retired in July 2007. You can see a full listing of his boxing accomplishments here.

See video of Arturo Gatti below.

Arturo Gatti Fight Video
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