Boxer Gatti's Wife to Face Murder Charge

Brazil officials say she strangled him after night of boozing

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 12, 2009 4:58 PM CDT

(Newser) – Enraged after a night of drinking and a public shoving match, the wife of former boxing champ Arturo Gotti strangled him in his sleep, Brazilian police say. Officials plan to charge Amanda Rodrigues with premeditated murder, despite her claim that an assailant sneaked into their Porto de Galihnas hotel room and murdered her husband, BoxingScene.com reports. The couple was on a second honeymoon.

Witnesses say Gatti pushed Rodrigues to the ground in a public argument Friday, injuring her chin and elbow. She cabbed it back to their room with their 1-year-old, and later stabbed Gatti after he had drunkenly passed out, police say. To ensure he was dead, she allegedly strangled him with her purse strap. Police plan to present a crime scene analysis in about 2 weeks.

Boxer Arturo Gatti poses during a photo shoot at the World Boxing and Fitness Center in Jersey City, New Jersey on August 9, 2006.
Boxer Arturo Gatti poses during a photo shoot at the World Boxing and Fitness Center in Jersey City, New Jersey on August 9, 2006.   (Getty Images)
Arturo Gatti has a split upper lip after being knocked out by Alfonso Gomez in the seventh round of  their Welterweight fight on July 14, 2007 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Arturo Gatti has a split upper lip after being knocked out by Alfonso Gomez in the seventh round of their Welterweight fight on July 14, 2007 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.   (Getty Images)
In this Nov. 11, 2003 file photo, boxer Arturo Gatti, of New Jersey, smiles during a news conference in New York.
In this Nov. 11, 2003 file photo, boxer Arturo Gatti, of New Jersey, smiles during a news conference in New York.   (AP Photo/Mike Appleton, File)
Boxer Arturo Gatti weighs in at 146 pounds in Atlantic City, N.J., Friday, July 13, 2007. Gatti will fight Alfonso Gomez in a welterweight fight Saturday.
Boxer Arturo Gatti weighs in at 146 pounds in Atlantic City, N.J., Friday, July 13, 2007. Gatti will fight Alfonso Gomez in a welterweight fight Saturday.   (AP Photo/Sharon Stabley)
Boxer Arturo Gatti poses during a photo shoot at the World Boxing and Fitness Center in Jersey City, New Jersey on August 9, 2006.
Boxer Arturo Gatti poses during a photo shoot at the World Boxing and Fitness Center in Jersey City, New Jersey on August 9, 2006.   (Getty Images)
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