Gatti couple's night out ends with a violent argument

MATHIEU TURBIDE, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 2:03 PM ET

The night before Montreal boxer Arturo Gatti died, on July 10, he beat his wife, Amanda Rodrigues, in the middle of the street, more violently than she would first admit.

That last night, the final night of Gatti's life, started well. But early on, following an argument with Rodrigues, everything went south.

After settling into their condo following a trek through the village, Gatti and Rodrigues headed out to a pedestrian mall, where many of the Brazilian city of Porto de Galinhas' restaurants and boutiques are located, and which also leads to the beach. At the end of the road, the couple stopped at around 9 p.m. at a restaurant with a patio that overlooked the beach. They ate pizza and ordered two bottles of wine.

Between midnight and 1 a.m., Gatti, Rodrigues and their young son (who was sleeping in a stroller) left the restaurant and walked up the street to where the taxi had dropped them off.

Along the way, Gatti asked his wife to stop at another small restaurant to grab a beer. Because the restaurant was closing, the server set them up at a table outside, near the street.

There, things began to disintegrate. At one point, a furious Gatti smashed a drink on the ground.

"You'll never change," Rodrigues told her husband.

Gatti then told his wife he wanted to go to the Santeria, the village's disco bar. Rodrigues refused and an argument ensued in the middle of the street.

Several witnesses heard the couple but didn't understand them because they were yelling in English.

"I told him that we should return to the hotel because it was late and we had the baby," explained Rodrigues, who also refused to allow her husband to head to the bar alone.

Witnesses said they saw Gatti push his wife and that he was yelling at her in "English or in Italian."

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CONTRADICTIONS

From the start, Rodrigues has maintained that her husband simply "pushed" her and that she fell to the ground. But at least one person who witnessed the fight said that Gatti had violently shoved and beaten her.

"I saw him beat her, push her," said George Soares de Silva, a porter at inn Poussada Farol de Porto. "She fell and he pulled her by the hair.

"I simply asked him what had happened and he hit me once or twice, right in the face."

After having been questioned several times on the subject, Rodrigues finally admitted, in tears, that she had minimized the violence to protect Gatti's reputation.

"I didn't tell anyone that he had beaten me," she said.

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According to police, who said that they have questioned and obtained statements from 60 witnesses (including several tourists), the fight between Gatti and the porter attracted many onlookers who wanted to confront the former boxing champion.

According to Ipojuca police chief Paulo Alberes, who led the investigation, the crowd, noticing Gatti was alone and without his baby, began to push him and throw rocks at him. When the taxi returned, Gatti jumped in and headed back to the condo. When he got there, he couldn't find his wife.

Employees of the hotel who saw him come in described him as angry.

"He smelled of alcohol but he wasn't drunk to the point of staggering," said Luciano, who saw Gatti return to the complex with his baby in his arms.

Gatti then decided to head back to Porto de Galinhas, though he had to take another taxi because the driver who had driven him to the hotel refused to let him back in.

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'The INCREDIBLE HULK'

When he got back to Porto de Galinhas, Gatti left the baby in the taxi and quickly entered the Santeria. There, the police report stated, witnesses described him as "The Incredible Hulk," pushing patrons and chairs while searching for his wife. He also got into arguments with Brazilians at the bar.

Realizing that his wife wasn't there, Gatti got back into the cab with his crying baby, according to the taxi driver, and returned to the hotel.

When he arrived back at the hotel, Rodrigues was there and was waiting when the taxi dropped him off. She asked Gatti to pay the driver.

Gatti, who was still holding his crying baby, paid the driver and the visibly angry couple returned inside the hotel at between 2 and 2:30 a.m. Once inside, according to Rodrigues, Gatti realized she was injured and asked: "I did that?" When she responded that he had, in fact, hurt her, he asked her if it was over between them. She said yes before taking the baby and heading into the main bedroom.

"I locked the door," said Rodrigues. "That was the last time I talked to him."


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