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Tony Halme and Antoine Palatis Have Passed Away

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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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) 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…

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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