2000-05-06 Paul Spadafora w tdec 10 Mike Griffith, Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - IBF
2000-05-06 Paul Spadafora w tdec 10 Mike Griffith, Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - IBF. Referee: Ernie Sharif. Scorecards: 98-92, 98-92, 95-95. A poor fight saw the southpaw champion unable to stop a makeshift opponent in Griffith (134½) before having to rely on a technical decision in order to retain his title. Coming into the contest on the back of some disappointing performances, Spadafora (135) found it difficult to find any rhythm whatsoever, and even after Griffith was cut over the right eye in the fourth round following a clash of heads he was unable to raise his game. Eventually, in the seventh, Spadafora finally spluttered into life when he smashed home solid jabs and crosses. And through to the end of the tenth it was more of the same as Griffith, despite having had a good ninth session, took a battering. When it was decided during the interval that Griffith was unable to continue, due to the extent of his worsening eye injury, the decision went to the cards under IBF regulations.