Saturday, June 09, 2007
Former IBF Lightweight Champion Paul Spadafora is now apparently back in prison after supposedly violating his parole…
Former IBF lightweight champion Paul Spadafora is back in prison for allegedly violating his parole.
Spadafora, 31, was arrested May 30 and is being held in the state prison at Albion, Leo Dunn, spokesman for the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole, said Friday. Dunn said the alleged parole violations are not public record at this point in the process, nor are the terms of Spadafora’s parole.
“In general, parolees could have conditions to keep them away from certain people, and to not use drugs or alcohol,” Dunn said. “Those are conditions the vast majority of parolees have.”
Spadafora spent seven months in state prison followed by six months in a boot camp after pleading guilty to aggravated assault and a weapons violation for shooting his girlfriend in October 2003. Spadafora, an admitted alcoholic with a history of booze-related scrapes with the law, was drunk when he shot Nadine Russo, 23.
Spadafora (40-0-1) has lived and trained in Erie since he was paroled in April 2006. He won both fights in a post-release comeback engineered by Erie boxing promoter Michael Acri. A hearing for Spadafora was scheduled for June 13. If probable cause exists that a parole violation occurred, Spadafora will remain jailed until a violation hearing is held within four months, Dunn said. Spadafora could remain behind bars for the rest of his 21-month-to-five-year prison sentence if he is found to have violated parole. The boxer was arrested on the parole violation the same day he asked an Erie County judge to issue a protection-from-abuse order against Russo.
The judge denied Spadafora’s request when he didn’t show up at a hearing on Thursday.
Thursday, April 26, 2007
HBO will be televising a split-site tripleheader on July 14th. What? Yeah, I’ve never heard of such a thing either but here goes nothin’...
Three welterweight bouts will be televised on HBO that night:
The opening bout will be Kermit Cintron defending his IBF Welterweight Title for the first time against Walter Matthysse from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. The second bout will feature the uber-popular Arturo Gatti, fighting for the ninth straight time in Atlantic City, in a 10-round affair against former Contender star Alfonso Gomez.
The final bout of the night will be Antonio Margarito making the 8th straight defense of his WBO Welterweight Title against mandatory challenger Paul Williams. A location for Margarito-Williams has not yet been selected but officials have stated that the possible location has been narrowed down to two sites: The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA or the Gibson Amphitheater in Universal City, CA.
Apparently Gatti’s camp was very picky over who his next opponent would be and it caused quite the delay in getting a deal between HBO and Main Events completed:
HBO and Main Events had spent the last few weeks locked in a disagreement over Gatti’s opponent. The network had pared its wish list down to having Gatti fight either former lightweight titlist Paul Spadafora, who is 2-0 on a comeback, or Steve Forbes, another former “Contender” star and former junior lightweight titlist who lost a highly controversial decision to Demetrius Hopkins last month in an exciting fight.
Gatti’s team didn’t like either style for him and preferred lesser opponents such as Dmitriy Salita or Edgar Santana, neither of whom HBO would approve.
HBO gave Main Events a tentative OK on Gomez earlier this month and it made a deal with his handlers. But a few days later, on April 7, “Contender” first-season runner up Peter Manfredo—who had lost a rematch to Gomez on the series—was wiped out in three rounds by super middleweight champion Joe Calzaghe. That loss gave HBO second thoughts about using another untested “Contender” boxer against Gatti in the final fight of his HBO contract.
However, when the Margarito-Williams fight came together and Cintron-Matthysse, another potentially explosive fight, was pitched for the telecast, HBO agreed to take Gomez. With Gatti’s HBO contract coming to an end, Main Events also agreed to give HBO the right of first negotiation and a matching right on his next fight.
I’m not surprised that they were so selective of Gatti’s foe. If he loses one more time, he’s pretty much done fighting-wise and HBO most likely won’t sign him to a new deal.
Monday, February 19, 2007
Michael Acri Boxing Promotions, in association with Carlos Llinas’ Clip Boxing and Dennis Baxter’s Blue Cap Promotions, presents the 2007 ring debut of “The Pittsburgh Kid,” undefeated former International Boxing Federation lightweight champion Paul Spadafora. Spadafora will take on Irish junior welterweight champion Oisin “Gael Force” Fagan in a 10-round junior welterweight non-title rumble, headlining a six-bout action-packed card, Friday, March 9, at the Soaring Eagle Casino in Mt. Pleasant, Mich. The first bout will begin at 7:30 P.M.
The undercard will feature world-rated lightweight contender Sugar Ray Narh in a 10-round lightweight bout against four-time world title challenger John “The Beast” Brown, super middleweight Stephan Pryor, son of two-time world champion Aaron Pryor, and undefeated lightweight contender Vernon “Iceman” Paris.
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
A lot of matchups forming this week. Could the heavyweights be starting up as I predicted?
News, Notes, and Rumors:
- Joe Calzaghe made sure it was a point to jump at the fact that his opponent on April 7th, Peter Manfredo Jr., will be without his primary trainer Freddie Roach who will be training Oscar De La Hoya for his fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 5th.
“Sounds like Cap’n Freddie Roach was smart enough to jump ship before the U.S.S. Manfredo sinks in Wales on April 7,” remarked Calzaghe.
- Paul Spadafora will be returning to the ring on March 9th. An opponent has not yet been anmed for him…
- Now that Lou DiBella has Roy Jones Jr. locked up, he’s looking to make the possible super-fight between his client and Bernard Hopkins a reality:
“We will move forward to make the superfight against Hopkins on July 21 as long as the deal is fair to all parties and the fight is on an even playing field. I have never failed to make a fair deal with Golden Boy when we have negotiated for a fight that our fighters wanted.”
- Apparently Diddy looks up to Jack Johnson according to The Source magazine…
“I’m the return of Jack Johnson. His whole swagger, personality, the way he whupped yo ass, it’s the dress, the style, the cars and the money… “This man would rent whole trains, get six or seven women, take them away for six months and rent out the top floor of hotels… (at) a time when they were lynching niggas,” Combs said.
- What do Mike Tyson and Lindsay Lohan have in common? They are both in the same “rehab center”...
Some Good Reads:
ESPN: Lawrence got rocked, but ready to roll again
TSS: This Day in History (January 31, 1914)
Boxing Scene: The Big Time Has Called Kelly Pavlik
MaxBoxing: ‘The Ghost’ Arrives on the Scene; is Taylor Next?
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Former IBF Lightweight Champion Paul Spadafora is expected to return to the ring after a two-month absence because of jail time due to Spadfora shooting his fiancee.
Spadafora will be one of the fighters boxing in the main event of the Eric Boxing Classic on November 22nd. Spadafora was asked to fight on the undercard of last friday’s Tyson-Sanders event but he turned down the offer.
Spadora pleading guilty to shooting his fiancee in the abdomen in October 2003.
After time in jail, rehab, and at boot camp, Spadafora is ready for a second chance…
“Everything that happened really opened my eyes,” Spadafora said. “I’m more mature right now that I have ever been. More than you know, I missed everything I had and that has pushed me to appreciate it and never let something like that ever happen again.”