A Message to ABC Boxing: Paul Spadafora Should Never Be Allowed To Fight Again
Editorial By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
Bond has been denied to former International Boxing Federation, World Boxing Association Super, and International Boxing Council World Lightweight champion Paul Spadafora in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, after ‘allegedly’ stabbing his brother, assaulting his mother, and threatening the police officers who arrested him.
Known as ‘The Pittsburgh Kid’, Spadafora, a southpaw, compiled a record of 49-1-1 with 19 knockouts between October 1995 and July 2014. Now age 41, he has repeatedly dealt with alcohol issues and anger management issues leading to troubles with the law. Spadafora went to prison in October 2003 for shooting Nadine Russo, the pregnant mother of his child and leaving her in critical condition. It is a miracle the mother and the unborn baby lived to tell the story. Spadafora plead guilty to drunk driving in 2012. It appears previous alcohol and drug rehabilitation, and anger management classes-have not helped.
In April of 2016, Spadafora got busted at the Redstone Bar in Pittsburgh where he and his brother were playing pool. Spadafora, while intoxicated, put a 63 year woman in a headlock, drank her beer, and threw to the ground outside the bar as the confrontation escalated. The women lay on the ground with a bloody leg until Spadafora left the scene, and was able to get up and call police, who subsequently charged Spadafora with simple assault and harassment.
While Spadafora may have been a hit in the ring, he is not a hit outside the ring. With boxing, Spadafora has lost not only his sense of discipline, but all elements of self-control. His girlfriend, unborn baby, mother and brother are all victims of his intoxicated stat and his raging out of control anger. While it has not happened every day of the week, clearly Spadafora remains a ticking time bomb, a danger to himself and others. The next time, one of Spadafora’s family or friends may not be lucky enough to survive his inner rage the next time he loses it. Spadafora needs to be convicted, treated and kept under court supervision.
Spadafora remains a serious dangerous to others, and most of all himself. Paul has had plenty of time for treatment and reflection, and it has not worked. Only by keeping Paul locked up does society have a guarantee Paul’s next outburst will not lead to a family or public tragedy. The only question is when it will happen again, given Spadafora’s track history of public and private intoxication, anger and rage. Spadafora has taught boxing to his young son Geno Russo. His also has two daughters, Giovanna and Gianna.