Former boxing champ Gatti found dead in Brazil

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Former boxing champion Arturo Gatti was found dead in a hotel room in the posh seaside resort of Porto de Galihnas.

Updated: July 12, 2009 17:31 IST
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Sao Paulo:

Former boxing champion Arturo Gatti, whose epic trilogy with Micky Ward branded him one of the most exciting fighters of his generation, was found dead in a hotel room in the posh seaside resort of Porto de Galihnas.

Police investigator Edilson Alves said that the body of the former junior welterweight champ was discovered in his room yesterday at the tourist resort, where Gatti had arrived on Friday with his Brazilian wife Amanda and 1-year-old son.

Alves said police were investigating and it was unclear how the 37-year-old Canadian died.

"It is still too early to say anything concrete, although it is all very strange," Alves said.

A spokeswoman for the state public safety department said Gatti's wife and son were unhurt.

"There were no bullet or stab wounds on his body, but police did find blood stains on the floor," she said.

Known for his straightforward punching and granite-like chin, Gatti captured the junior welterweight title in 1995,when he beat Tracy Harris Patterson in New Jersey.

His brawling style and natural charisma made him a fan favorite, and he became one of New Jersey's adopted sons while fighting some of his most memorable battles on the Boardwalk.

Gatti continued to keep a home in New Jersey after he retired in 2007, with a career record of 40-9 and 31 knockouts.

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