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Posted June 10, 2013 by DJ Enuff in Sports
 
 

Late Arturo Gatti Inducted Into Boxing Hall Of Fame!

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“Arturo would never give up. He’d never throw in the towel,” longtime manager Pat Lynch told the audience assembled for the ceremony. “Arturo Gatti never quit in the ring and I guarantee you he’d never quit in life.”

Added Lynch: “This is a tough moment for all of us.”

“I miss him to death every day and I think about him every day,” Ward said. “He’s always with me and I know he’s here.”

Lynch, along with Main Events promoter Kathy Duva and foe-turned-friend Micky Ward, accepted Gatti’s enshrinement on behalf of the Gatti family. At one point Lynch lifted Gatti’s 7-year-old daughter, Sofia Bella, to the microphone. In a brave voice, she told the crowd: “Thank you for my Daddy.” – nypost

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Mike Sciarra was wearing a blue warm-up suit with the word “GATTI” written across the back. On his wrist was a watch circled in diamonds that his friend Arturo Gatti had given him for his 44th birthday six years ago.

“I don’t usually wear stuff like this,” Sciarra said, referring to the expensive watch. “But Arturo said I had to look good if I was going to be with him during special occasions.” – nypost

“He was the original blood-and-guts warrior,” Zito said. “Every fight, he gave you your money’s worth. He never took a step back. That was just the kind of fighter he was. That’s why he would have died in the ring instead of taking his own life.”

“They said he was a human pit bull, a true warrior and that you don’t see fighters like that anymore,” Zito said. “I’m glad I’m here.” – nypost

Also enshrined yesterday were referee Mills Lane, ring announcer Jim Lennon Jr., British journalist Colin Hart and South Korean boxer Myung-Woo Yuh. The living inductees were all introduced and seated before Gatti’s name was mentioned before a list of Hall of Famers who died in the last year. – nypost

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rturo “Thunder” Gatti, who sold-out the AC Boardwalk every time he fought and mysteriously passed away in 2009, was inducted in the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, NY yesterday! He didn’t accomplish the accolades of other HOFer’s, but threw a mean punch, was a three-time champion, and posted a (40-9) record with 31 knockouts over his career! In 2009, his body was found in a Brazilian beach front condo, and even though his death was considered a suicide by law enforcement many close to him believed he was murdered! Longtime manager Pat Lynch held up Gatti’s 7-year old daughter, Sofia Bella at one point at the podium with Main Events promoter Kathy Duva and foe-turned-friend Mickey Ward! Arturo Gatti Jr., his 4-year old son, went to event with a friend of Gatti’s stripper widow, Amanda Rodrigues, who briefly served jail-time in Brazil following the mysterious murder! Old time friend Mike Sciarra wore a blinged out watch that Gatti got his for his 44th birthday and said he didn’t want to hear about the murder during the HOF celebration! Good friend Chuck Zito paid his respects and tweeted his new HOF plaque! Check out details above and read more…

Source: nypost