Former boxing champion ARTURO GATTI has been found dead in a hotel room in Porto de Galihnas, Brazil.
The Canadian former junior welterweight champ, 37, was in Brazil on holiday with his wife Amanda and their one year old son. Foul play is suspected after police found blood stains on the floor of the suite.
No gunshot or stab wounds were found on the boxer's body.
Gatti was a big name in boxing in the late 1990s and early part of the new century, and his epic trilogy of fights with 'Irish' Micky Ward in 2002 and 2003 became instant classics.
He won two world titles in his 16-year professional career and retired in 2006 after losing his WBC junior welterweight title to Floyd Mayweather Jr.
After quitting the sport, Gatti became a successful Montreal realtor.
Meanwhile, boxing legend John Caldwell has died at the age of 71, following a lengthy cancer battle.
Caldwell rose to fame in the sport as an 18 year old after winning a bronze medal in the flyweight division at the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, Australia.
He also beat Frenchman Aphonse Halimi to claim the world bantamweight title in 1961, making him him the first Irish world champion since Rinty Monaghan's triumph in 1948.
The Irishman gained both the Commonwealth and British titles in 1964, before retiring from boxing a year later.
Caldwell was hailed as one of Ireland's most talented boxers.