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Widow of dead boxing champ Gatti extends olive branch to mother-in-law

FILE - This Jan. 26, 2002 file photo shows Arturo Gatti celebrating his TKO of Terron Millett at Madison Square Garden in New York.

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The widow of former boxing champ Arturo Gatti has set up a business in Montreal and wants to be friends with the dead fighter's family, according to Global Montreal.

Amanda Rodrigues Gatti was arrested in July, 2009, on suspicion of murder in her husband's death. He was found dead in an apartment in Brazil while on vacation with his wife and young son.

She was released after an investigation by Brazilian authorities deemed the former junior welterweight champ's death a suicide.

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But Ms. Rodrigues Gatti was then embroiled in a nasty court battle with her in-laws over her husband's $3.4-million estate.

She was awarded millions of dollars and moved back to Brazil.

She returned to Montreal in May, 2012, to tie up loose ends and told Global Montreal she plans to stay.

"I've learned how to love Montreal," she said.

She has opened a new fashion boutique on trendy Saint-Denis Street and says she designed every item in it.

"It makes me feel very happy," she said. "It was made with a lot of energy. It's good energy, a lot of love."

She said her four-year-old son, Arturo, is the other reason to stay in Montreal, which she describes as beautiful and safe.

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She told Global Montreal she would like her mother-in-law to put aside her suspicions and be part of her life.

But Ida Gatti told the TV affiliate she is afraid to be in the same room as her daughter-in-law and is worried she would falsely accuse her of assault.

Global Montreal said it was told by Brazilian authorities that they are revisiting Mr. Gatti's death and that a court hearing has been scheduled for next month.

"Prosecutor Paula Catherine Ismail is studying the process," said Gilvan Oliveira, a spokesperson for the prosecutor's office in the state of Pernambuco. "I think she will request more tests, more information about the crime. … It's a big process."

Ms. Rodrigues Gatti rejects any suggestion she could have been involved in her husband's death and says she wants to get on with her life.

"I have nothing to hide," she said.

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