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 Last update:  1/11/2010       Read more by Per Ake Persson         
   
Tony Halme and Antoine Palatis Have Passed Away
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By Per Ake Persson

Former Finnish heavyweight champ Tony Halme, age 47, was found dead this weekend. The reason for his death appears to be suicide. Halme compiled a 13-6 pro record from 1995 through 2002. He won and lost the national title a few times and also beat Iran Barkley for an obscure title. A giant of a man with a background as a wrestler and bodyguard in Hollywood.

He turned pro in the US and then returned to Finland and quickly became the main attraction. For some fights there were crowds of 8000+ with the venue sold out and many more waiting outside. It´s fair to say that Halme couldn´t fight much but he could sell the event like few others. He also had a book published about his life, made a record, then turned to politics and got a seat in the Finnish Parliament.

In 2003 he suffered a bad collapse and when police raided his house they found illegal substances and one can easily see that steroid use had a part in building his enourmous physique. He never recovered and was said to have suffer from bad losses of memory as well. I interviewed him prior to one of this fights and he told me "my opponent is tough but I'm tougher, in fact I wrote the book about toughness!" He also entered the ring to a song composed especially for him called "I am Ironman." In short Tony Halme was quite a character.
 
Former French cruiserweight champ Antoine Palatis passed away  onJanuary 9 at the age of 39 in Chamoux. The reason for his death is unclear. Palatis was found lying in the snow after jogging outside of his home. Antoine compiled a record of 32-27-3 and was first a good Euro-class cruiser - at one time 23-2-2 - and then a journeyman heavyweight known for his durability by taking on all comers all over Europe. He also suffered from diabetes and his autobiography was called "Everything is possible: a victory over diabetes".
 
Finnish Caramelito Promotions join forces with Russian Jab Promotion for a show in Vasa on February 6 billed as "Amarillo Boxing Night II". Headlining are welterweightss Sherali Mamadaliev and Frederic Serre who fight for the vacant WBO European title. Local man, the Finnish Butterbean, Janne Katajisto, a quickhanded, technically skilfull heavyweight built like Butterbean, faces Czech Ladislav Kovarik in the chief support. 




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comment by vince_carter123, on 01-13-2010
rip.......

comment by PittyPat, on 01-11-2010
Ah, that's a shame. :conf3: Otherwise Halme was a waste of space, but he didn't have to go like that. Enpä voi muuta sanoo ku heippa sitten, Tony...

comment by TheGreatA, on 01-11-2010
Halme was not much of a boxer but he did keep the sport "alive" in this country when there were few boxers around who could. He was an entertainer and a character who was always controversial. I imagine the heavy alcohol/drug abuse during his later years finally got to him.

comment by Leevi_P, on 01-11-2010
When i heard that Halme was death i was shocked... :(

comment by Amadla Ngawethu, on 01-11-2010
Ludwig Borga was one of my favourite wrestlers.May his soul rest in peace.I never got the chance to see him as a fighter but as a wrestler it was always great watching his fights

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