Gatti's wife releases statement to Associated Press

Amanda Rodrigues proclaims her innocence in the murder of her husband Arturo Gatti. (via assets.nydailynews.com)

Amanda Rodrigues, the 23-year old wife accused of murdering Arturo Gatti, sent a letter to the AP denying her involvement in her husband's death.

"This is a pain that has become inexplicable and intolerable, this loss and this malicious accusation," Rodrigues wrote. "I lost my husband!"

The 23-year-old Rodrigues told investigators she awoke on Saturday about 6 a.m. to find her husband's body in the apartment they rented in Porto de Galinhas, a seaside resort in Pernambuco state. She then called police.

But investigators said she was the only suspect and they are certain she killed Gatti in the apartment where they and their 10-month-old son arrived for a second honeymoon last week. The boy was unhurt and was in the care of Rodrigues' family.

"I'm innocent and I know that this will be proven in a few days," Rodrigues wrote.

Stories from friends and family paint a really ugly picture of the relationship between Gatti and Rodrigues. Gatti's mother, Ida, says they would fight and she'd tell Arturo she was going to kill him. Gatti's friend Chuck Zito said, "Things were real rocky. They were rocky between them from the beginning. (Gatti) said they were probably going to get a divorce."

Trainer Buddy McGirt remembered Gatti as he spoke with Ray McNulty recently. It's a good read.

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