A wrongful death lawsuit filed on behalf of Arturo Gatti's daughter is a blatant attempt to capitalize on the late boxer's fame and reputation in New Jersey and should be dismissed and instead moved to Brazil, where he died, attorneys for Gatti's widow argued Friday.
Erika Rivera, mother of Sofia Bella Gatti, filed a wrongful death suit last fall against Gatti's widow, Amanda Rodrigues Gatti, charging she was responsible for Gatti's death in Brazil in 2009. Authorities in Brazil concluded Gatti died by suicide after initially detaining Rodrigues Gatti as a suspect.
An independent team of investigators hired by Gatti's family and former trainer has claimed the boxer was murdered.
The charismatic Gatti lived, trained and fought in New Jersey and was a fan favorite for his gritty style, exhibited in three memorable bouts against fellow 140-pounder Micky Ward at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall.
In state Superior Court in New Brunswick on Friday, Rodrigues Gatti's attorneys claimed Ri...