Nicknamed the "Pittsburgh Kid," Paul Spadafora (45-0-1, 19 KO) was once a young prospect with an extremely bright future.
He won 75 of 80 amateur bouts before turning pro in 1995. And four years later as the underdog, Spadafora won the IBF lightweight title by dominating Israeal Cardona.
In the same year, 1999, he engaged in a famous sparring session with Floyd Mayweather Jr. and apparently dominated the future fight legend. Mayweather himself seemingly acknowledged he got whopped but claimed to have been out of shape.
The "Pittsburgh Kid" would successfully defend his IBF Lightweight Title eight times, notching a win against the vaunted Angel Manfredy in 2002 in the process.
The lone blemish on Spadafora's record is his draw against then WBA Lightweight Champion Leonard Dorin (then 21-0) in a 2003 lightweight unification bout that was an exhilarating slug-fest which was fought primarily in the center of the ring. HBO's unofficial scorer Harold Lederman scored the fight 116-112 for Dorin, while HBO's color analyst Larry Merchant scored the fight 114-114.
Although he was often mentioned a possible opponent for Floyd Mayweather, a Mayweather vs Spadafora bout was seemingly never close to happening.
Hampered by personal problems, Paul didn't fight at all in 2005 and has fought sporadically against journeymen since 2006.
Major World Titles
1999 Aug 20 – 2003 June