Another weekend, another sad sports death. Boxer Arturo “Thunder” Gatti has been murdered at the age of 37. According to news report, Gatti was smashed in the back of the head with a blunt object at a condo he and his wife were renting in Brazil for a second honeymoon. What a way to go.
Gatti, who retired in 2007, was one of the most exciting boxers in recent memory and is perhaps best remembered for his epic 2001-2003 trilogy of fights against Micky Ward. That trilogy managed that rarest of feats in modern times - getting casual sports fans to take notice of boxing. Remembrance after the jump.
Thanks to YouTube, we can relive the memory of one of the greatest matches in boxing history. If more boxers had the personality and skill of Arturo Gatti, the sport would be in much better shape today.
RIP, Arturo. The sports world lost one of its all-time greats today.