July 13, 2009
Arturo Gatti was strangled to death in his sleep by his stripper wife. Gatti's fights against Micky Ward were brutal epics that will always be remembered by anyone who saw them. After splitting a pair of bouts, Gatti and Ward had a final showdown in 2003 in which Gatti broke his hand in the fourth round but came back to win. I was so stoked after the fight that I hopped in my Camero and cruised Harlem Avenue with the Italian flag out the window. Real talk for a second, this is a rare celebrity death that actually made me sad. It also drives the nail in the coffin of my interest in boxing as Gatti's death reminds me that today's boxers are boring as hell.
On a related topic, does anyone have any stories where dating a stripper in a long-term relationship turned out well? Don't they usually just steal your money/drugs/car or give you an STD?