Feature | Highlight 2 | Issue | Premium | Jul 09 2019

Silent Thunder – Remembering Arturo Gatti

A decade after the passing of great warrior Arturo Gatti, Declan Warrington catches up with the fighter’s mentor and manager, Pat Lynch, his sister, Anna-Marie Gatti and old rival and friend, Micky Ward
Arturo Gatti
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Ten years have passed since, following an incident that remains shrouded in mystery, Arturo Gatti, perhaps the most entertaining fighter of his generation, was pronounced dead at the age of 37 while visiting Porto de Galinhas, Brazil with his wife Amanda Rodrigues and their young son, Arturo Jnr. The then-23-year-old Rodrigues was arrested, having been accused of strangling him with her purse strap while he was drunk and asleep, owing to strangulation marks found on Gatti’s neck and the blood-stained purse strap discovered at the scene of his death.

Local police instead swiftly concluded that he had hanged himself in a stairwell – a conclusion Rodrigues supports – but a decade later many still refuse to believe that the Italian-Canadian, Hall of Fame inductee would dare take his own life. A decade on from the premature loss of an individual who shaped a remarkably memorable era and, against Micky Ward, was involved in three of the finest fights of all time, Boxing News speaks to Gatti’s then-manager Pat Lynch, his older sister Anna-Maria and his one-time rival Ward to revisit the life and times of the unforgettably fearless fighter with the irrepressible heart, the iconic ringwalk and the Spaghetti Western stare.

Where would Arturo be today if he was still here?