Saturday, July 14, 2007

R.I.P., Arturo Gatti's Career

So Alphonso Gomez just knocked out Arturo Gatti at 2:12 of round 7 in Atlantic City. While Gomez was pummeling an only semi-responsive Gatti through the seventh round, the HBO announcers were writing his epitath in a particularly cold-hearted way. "Hopefully, he's taken his last right."

Farewell, my handsome Italian/Canadian rose. Now it's on to the main event: WBO Welterweight Champion Antonio Margarito vs. Paul Williams.

11:40pm UPDATE: It's a win for the new WBO Welterweight Champion, Paul Williams. The man threw 1,256 punches in 12 rounds - he earned it. Margarito did have a deal to fight WBA Welterweight Champion Miguel Cotto, but that was dependent on him delivering tonight. Who knows what the next matchup will be?

Going back to Gatti's retirement (which he just officially announced on HBO), I've got a suggestion. Given his Italian heritage and good looks, he could easily move into acting. Despite the end of The Sopranos, there are always a huge number of tough guy/mobsters roles begging for someone with some authenticity. He should make a call to Lou Savarese, who has played roles on Law & Order: SVU as well as, yes, The Sopranos. That is, before he made an extremely ill-advised return to the ring two weeks ago against Evander Holyfield. Best to stick to acting, Lou.


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