by David P. Greisman
Retired Australian featherweight Lucky Gattellari has pleaded guilty to being one of four men allegedly involved in the 2009 shooting death of a Sydney businessman, according to the Australian Associated Press.
Gattellari, 62, was facing charges of “soliciting the murder and being an accessory after the fact,” the article said. He pleaded guilty to the accessory count.
His sentencing hearing has been set for Sept. 7.
Gattellari fought mainly from 1969 to 1973 and briefly held the Australian featherweight title. He came back in 1979 for a third-round stoppage loss to Barry Michael, who would go on to win a 130-pound title. The defeat dropped Gattellari’s record to 23-5 with 12 knockouts.
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