Former IBF and WBC champion Arturo Gatti, 37, was found murdered by strangulation over the weekend in Brazil, where the Italian-born Canadian was vacationing with his family. His wife, 23-year-old Amanda Carina Barbosa Rodrigues Gatti, has been detained as a suspect after inconsistencies in her story.
Police believe he was drunk and went to sleep, was first struck in the back of his head and then strangled with a purse strap, He may have been dead for 10 hours before authorities were called…
Amanda Gatti denies any connection to the murder and has blamed a third party. She could not explain why it took 10 hours for authorities to be notified. Police believe a third party involvement would be almost impossible because they were on the second floor with a key card security system with only one window. [Examiner]
People who watch boxing say that Gatti was a highly entertaining boxer, winning Fight of the Year honors three times on his way to a 40-9 record during a career that ended in 2007. Which makes me feel even worse about my reaction. A friend told me Saturday night that “Arturo Gatti” had been murdered in Brazil in what may have been a mob hit, and I said, “AWESOME!” I thought Arturo was one of the Gotti brothers. My bad.