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    Sunday, July 12, 2009

    Arturo "Thunder" Gatti (1972 - 2009)

    I think it is official now. This summer God is simply collecting the unforgettable talents that I have admired for years. Arturo Gatti was found dead in his Brazilian hotel room Saturday morning. He was 37 years old and apparently a victim at the hands of a loved one. His wife Amanda has apparently contradicted herself enough during questioning with authorities that they feel she is now suspect number one. Another sad ending to an amazing athletes life. If you are a fan of "Irish" Mickey Ward, and I am, then you must have also admired Arturo. Their trilogy of fights in the early half of this decade defined the two fighters careers. They were without fail amongst the greatest fights I had ever seen. A sad day for boxing, his loved ones and his friend Mickey. God speed Arturo. Ten bells for you Champ.
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