Saturday, March 24, 2012

Mike Matarazzo Boston Bodybuilder

Famous Bodybuilder Mike Matarazzo
Mike Matarazzo

About Mike Matarazzo : Michael Richard Matarazzo is a former American IFBB professional bodybuilder. Born on November 8, 1965 and originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Matarazzo moved to Venice, California to further his bodybuilding career.

Formerly a boxer, Matarazzo first won the 1989 Gold's Gym Classic in Massachusetts. He competed for the first time in the Mr. Olympia contest in 1991.

Known primarily for his massive arms, his best placing (out of seven total appearances) in the Mr. Olympia competition was 9th, in 1998.

Mike Matarazzo Bodybuilder

Matarazzo's last appearance in a professional bodybuilding event was the 2001 Mr. Olympia, where he placed 21st. He was forced to retire due to having open heart surgery on December 8, 2004 as a result of clogged arteries caused by steroid use.

He is currently residing in Modesto, California and was last reported to be working as a bail bondsman for AJ's Bail Bonds. He has since discontinued working as a bail bondsman, due to limitations on physical activity related to his 20% heart function.

On November 8, 2007, Matarazzo suffered a heart attack, his second cardiac-related problem since his surgery in December 2004.

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