We're going to have a lot more on the career of Arturo "Thunder" Gatti, who was killed this weekend in Brazil at the age of 37. The investigation is ongoing and the details are looking pretty grim thus far.
Again, everyone is innocent until proven guilty and we're throwing no accusations out whatsoever, but latest reports from police in Brazil are that they believe Gatti was passed out drunk, when Amanda Rodrigues stabbed him in the back of the head with a kitchen knife. When that didn't kill him, she strangled him with a purse strap. These are the allegations as being presented right now.
This horrible story is likely to get worse before it gets better. At the same time, I really want to keep remembering the great fights that Arturo Gatti gave us. He deserves to have his career remembered right now.
Arturo Gatti was one of those rare fighters whose grit and almost inhuman ability to take punishment elevated him to a status within this violent and grueling sport that his pure skills never would have allowed him to reach. Gatti was a decent boxer when he felt like using it, but the man came to fight. He warred in the squared circle for his living and it was exceptionally rare to leave an Arturo Gatti fight thinking you hadn't seen at least one participant throw everything he had into the bout. He could've come with a money-back guarantee.