Wife charged with murder of ex-boxer Gatti in Brazil

Sun Jul 12, 2009 7:33pm EDT
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RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - The Brazilian wife of former Canadian world boxing champion Arturo Gatti has been charged with his murder, police said Sunday.

Italian-born Gatti, who was 37, was found dead Saturday in the holiday flat the couple had rented in the northern Brazilian seaside resort of Porto de Galinhas.

Amada Rodrigues, 23, was being held in custody in the Atlantic port city of Recife, capital of Pernambuco state, police said.

"She is the only suspect," a spokesman for Pernambuco police told Reuters by telephone.

Gatti was IBF super featherweight champion in 1995 and WBC super lightweight champion in 2004. He retired in 2007.

(Reporting by Pedro Fonseca, writing by Rex Gowar in Buenos Aires; Editing by Greg Stutchbury)

<p>Alfonso Gomez connects to the head of Arturo Gatti (L) during the fifth round of their welterweight bout in Atlantic City, New Jersey, July 14, 2007. REUTERS/Tim Shaffer</p>