Gatti looms large to Lewiston's Gamache


Posted: July 17th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

STEVE SOLLOWAY Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel 07/17/2009

As Joey Gamache sits in a Manhattan courtroom, listening to attorneys argue his seven-year-old lawsuit against the New York State Athletic Commission, he might ponder the tragic irony: In life, Arturo Gatti was much bigger than Gamache when they met in the ring at Madison Square Garden in the winter of 2000.

That's the basis for the lawsuit.

In death, Gatti has loomed larger than Gamache just when they were to meet again. Gatti, 37, was found dead in a Brazilian resort last weekend, apparently strangled by a purse strap while he slept. Police are questioning his 23-year-old wife, a former stripper.

Gatti was to testify in front a judge at the non-jury trial. His death, coming so soon after the deaths of quarterback Steve McNair and Alexis Arguello, another former champion, has been a bonanza for the Internet and New York tabloids especially. Gatti fought many of his biggest fights in New York and Atlantic City.

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