By Robert Brizel, Real Combat Media Correspondent
New York, NY (April 12th, 2013)– New North American Boxing Federation Super Lightweight champion Paul ‘The Pittsburgh Kid’ Spadafora has accomplished as a southpaw a feat rarely realized in professional boxing. Paul Spadafora is undefeated in 49 professional bouts (48-0-1, one draw to then WBA Lightweight champion 21-0 Leonard Dorin in an IBF-WBA World Title unification bout in 2003). Spadafora joins Rocky Marciano (49-0), Jimmy Barry (59-0-10), Nino Benvenuti (65-0), Luis Ramon Campas (56-0), Julio Cesar Chavez (89-0-1), Larry Holmes (48-0), Nino LaRocca (57-0), Ricardo Lopez (51-0-1), Dariusz Michalczewski (48-0), Brian Nielsen (49-0), Ruben Olivares (57-0-1), and Willie Pep (62-0).
Floyd Mayweather Jr., who was relicensed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission on April 8, 2013, could be next-if Floyd can get past Robert Guerrero, and then the winner of Saul Canelo Alvarez versus Austin Trout.
Spadafora, like Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, is getting old, and is running a race against father time. On Saturday, April 6, 2013, Spadafora lost two of the first three rounds against journeyman Robert Frankel, a 13 loss fighter. Frankel was the busier fighter, and the ring rusty Spadafora had to take it before he could dish it. Of course, Spadafora, 38, won the next seven consecutive rounds in the ten rounder, winning a unanimous ten round decision over journeyman Frankel by scores of 99-91, 98-92, and 97-93.
Spadafora will turn 38 years old on September 5, 2013. Floyd will turn 37 years old on February 24, 2014. Floyd remains at the top of his game. Spadafora’s last title bout, against Leonard Dorin at 135 pounds, occurred May of 2003, a decade ago.
Spadafora has won 12 consecutive bouts at 140 pounds while promoters have avoided, ignored and forgotten him. However, the Spadafora win streak is still there, making him an increasingly valuable commodity for a fight with Floyd.
An important factor is making a Mayweather versus Spadafora matchup a future consideration is the killer instinct in both of them. Floyd has faced domestic violence cases in Michigan and Nevada. Considering Floyd served a 90 day sentence in Las Vegas, Floyd was lucky. The late heavyweight champion Michael Dokes served eight years for attempted murder, second degree kidnapping and intent to commit sexual assault against his girlfriend. Former heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe served 17 months for kidnapping his wife and children.
Meanwhile Spadafora did hard time in prison for shooting his pregnant girlfriend in 2005. Spadafora also pled guilty to drug use charges after crashing his car into a police cruiser while under the influence of alcohol and cocaine.
Both Mayweather and Spadafora seem like small change next to Robert Frankel, Spadafora’s latest journeyman opponent who somehow managed to take Spadafora the ten round distance. On June 4, 2009, Frankel was sentenced in Denver County Court to ten years in prison after a plea bargain involving domestic abuse charges against his wife, who was several months pregnant at the time. Frankel was originally charged with false imprisonment, kidnapping, child abuse and second degree assault. He plead guilty to second degree assault and kidnapping. How Frankel got released for prison and got the fight is another riddle.
Former 20 heavyweight contender Ike Ibeabuchi, 40, is still doing hard time for attempted sexual assault in Nevada, and is up for parole in May 2013. Former junior middleweight contender Tony ‘El Torito’ Ayala Jr. is to be released in April 2014 for charges of heroin and pornography possession and driving without a license. Previous charges of having sex with a 13 year old girl against Ayala were dismissed, after he was shot in the shoulder by another young woman after breaking into her home.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Paul Spadafora have to keep their act clean, and hopefully boxing is a good thing for both fighters. Their fights should not be looked at from a financial perspective, but rather, that the sport of boxing is a good thing for them and not just for the fans who watch boxing. Hopefully both boxers will stay out of trouble long enough for a Floyd versus Spadafora megafight to take place.
Until that time, Spadafora will more than likely keep busy with ishkabibble fights. On the other hands, Floyd must defeat Robert Guerrero and Canelo Alvarez and maybe Danny Garcia, Timothy Bradley or Manny Pacquiao in the least. By then, Spadafora should be at least 50-0-1. Both fighters will be older at that point, so if a matchup between Floyd and Spadafora does not happen in the next 18 months, both fighters may go the way of Joe Mesi and Calvin Brock, faded and forgotten.
Depending on his motivation, Spadafora could give Floyd a run for his money. any contender fighting Spadafora will always be taking a risky dangerous fight, which Floyd has yet to see. Floyd versus Spadafora is crazy enough to be an exciting life and death war. The problem with the idyllic Mayweather versus Spadafora matchup is that Paul’s name (if not his record) has faded from public consciousness, and there is no money in the matchup with Floyd. However Floyd does not need the money, he needs the challenge of a fight the likes of Spadafora would provide. Spadafora is hungry. Floyd is not. How hungry Spadafora is would have to be seen against Floyd.
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