Paul Spadafora

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Name: Paul Spadafora
Alias: The Pittsburgh Kid
Birth Name: Paul Ross Spadafora
Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Stance: Southpaw
Height: 175cm
Reach: 175cm
Pro Boxer: Record

Trainer: Tom Yankello (2009)

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Spadafora won the IBF lightweight title in the summer of 1999. Although an underdog in the fight, he won thouroughly. He defended his IBF title eight times. He had a famous sparring session with Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 1999 in which he dominated Floyd in training. Mayweather himself has acknowledged this but claims to have been out of shape.

Legal Troubles

On February 23, 2005, Spadafora was sentenced to 21 to 60 months in prison for shooting his girlfriend in the stomach in August 2004. Spadafora was paroled in April 2006 after spending 13 months in prison and a boot camp.

On May 30, 2007, Spadafora returned to prison for violating his parole and was given a 21 month to five year prison sentence. In August 2007, Spadafora was ordered to be released from prison, as there was not enough evidence available to continue with parole violation proceedings.

Professional record

  • 8 opponents (1 by KO) beaten for the World Lightweight Title.

Preceded by:
Shane Mosley
IBF Lightweight Champion
1999 Aug 20 – 2003 June
Succeeded by:
Javier Jauregui