2000-03-03 Paul Spadafora w pts 12 Victoriano Sosa, Turning Stone Casino, Verona, New York, USA - IBF
2000-03-03 Paul Spadafora w pts 12 Victoriano Sosa, Turning Stone Casino, Verona, New York, USA - IBF. Referee: Robert Finocchi. Scorecards: 115-112, 114-112, 116-111. Unable to get his jab going, the southpaw champion found himself up against it as the lanky Sosa (133) set about him with jabs and crosses hitting the target barely within moments of the start. It was a terrible start for Spadafora (133), but it got worse when he was twice smashed to the floor by left hooks in the third round. Still wobbly in the fourth, Spadafora somehow kept in the fight and by the fifth was actually starting to win rounds as Sosa inextricably ceased being busy. Although Sosa was still landing the heavier blows, Spadafora was now outworking the Dominican and by the ninth through to final bell he was in the driving seat having got his jab going.