Paul Spadafora, the unbeaten Junior-Welterweight with a conviction for shooting his then girlfriend in an argument and a fighter who has wrestled with a host of other demons in his life, continues his return from the inactivity forced by his ridiculously short incarceration early next month against Oisin Fagan.
Prior to his conviction, Spadafora was very close to becoming an opponent for Ricky Hatton in a fight that would have sold out major venues in either Manchester or Pittsburgh where both are tremendous attractions. Frank Warren opted for Vivian Harris but ended up with a substitute when Harris withdrew. A period that arguably set the dye for Hatton’s departure months later.
Spadafora has made all the right noises about his rehabilitation since his release but it must be with a great deal of caution that boxing, already maligned and marginalised, accepts him back as a contender.
Watch out for his result March 9th.