2000-12-16 Paul Spadafora w pts 12 Billy Irwin, David Lawrence Convention Centre, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - IBF
2000-12-16 Paul Spadafora w pts 12 Billy Irwin, David Lawrence Convention Centre, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - IBF. Referee: Rick Steigerwald. Scorecards: 116-111, 117-110, 118-109. Although he made a terribly slow start, Irwin (134½) then compounded his dire situation by allowing the champion to control the fight from the outside throughout when continually failing to cut the ring down. This was Spadafora (135) at his best as he doubled up on the jab and moved virtually at his own pace all night. Strangely, even when a right uppercut from Spadafora smashed into Irwin’s cup in the third the Canadian failed to gain any advantage from the situation by only taking a minute out when he could have asked for more time. It was only in the ninth that Irwin livened up a bit, but it was far too late and when Spadafora was deducted a point for going low in the 11th it was almost elementary.