Judge to rule on Gatti's $3.4M estate

Arturo Gatti (left) delivers a blow to James Leija during a match in Atlantic City, N.J., Jan. 29,...

Arturo Gatti (left) delivers a blow to James Leija during a match in Atlantic City, N.J., Jan. 29, 2005. (TIM SHAFFER/Reuters)

ERIC THIBAULT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:59 PM ET

MONTREAL - Justice Claudine Roy will release her judgment Friday on who will inherit late boxer Arturo Gatti's $3.4 million estate -- his widow or his family and former girlfriend.

Lawyers for both sides have been notified of the release of Roy's written decision, QMI Agency has learned.

As is the case in civil trials at Superior Court, a written decision will be provided to counsel for both sides and filed at a Montreal courthouse, but will not be delivered orally in a courtroom.

The trial began in early September and ended Oct. 20 after 21 days of often emotional testimony.

Gatti's mother, Ida, his brother, Fabrizio, and the boxer's former girlfriend, Erika Rivera, challenged the validity of a will dated June 17, 2009.

The will instructed that Gatti's entire estate be left to his wife, Amanda Rodrigues, 25.

The boxing champ and Montreal native died while vacationing in Brazil with Rodrigues and their son, Arturo Jr., 3, three weeks after the will was signed.

The death was ruled a suicide.

The boxer's family argued that Rodrigues "manipulated" Gatti into signing the June 2009 will that made her the sole beneficiary.

"She does not deserve a penny," according to their lawyer, Carmine Mercadante.

Mercadante's clients claim they should inherit the small fortune based another will, one signed April 2007, that left everything to Gatti's mother and Rivera, with whom Gatti had a daughter, Sofia.

Gatti and Rodrigues had a stormy marriage during which he was accused of domestic abuse and problems with alcohol.

Gatti, retired from professional boxing since 2007, had contacted a lawyer to begin divorce proceedings in May 2009.

Roy must decide between four possible judgment scenarios, including awarding inheritance to the children involved.


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