Former lightweight titlist Paul Spadafora, who has been fighting at junior welterweight in recent years, was supposed to box on Goossen Promotions’ Feb. 20 card at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Spadafora’s hometown but he dropped off the show only one day after his appearance was announced.
The 39-year-old Spadafora (49-1-1, 19 KOs) was slated for an eight-round bout against Jake Giuriceo (17-2-1, 4 KOs), 29, of Youngstown, Ohio. The bout was announced on Tuesday, but on Tuesday night Spadafora became ill and was hospitalized, forcing him off the card. The specifics of his illness are unclear.
Spadafora, who held a lightweight title from 1999 to 2003, was not slated to be part of Showtime’s “ShoBox: The New Generation” telecast.
Spadafora, who has had various layoffs due to legal trouble, suffered his first defeat in November 2013, a majority decision loss to Johan Perez challenging for an interim junior welterweight belt. Spadafora has won his only bout since, an eight-round decision over former contender Hector Velazquez last July.
In 10-round televised bouts, hometown welterweight Sammy Vazquez Jr. (17-0, 13 KOs) faces Emmanuel Lartey (17-2, 9 KOs) in the main event and light heavyweight Humberto Savigne (12-1, 9 KOs), a Cuban defector, meets Houston’s Craig Baker (15-0, 11 KOs). In the televised opener, junior lightweight Claudio Marrero (17-1, 13 KOs) faces Orlando Rizzo (18-5, 11 KOs).
Former junior lightweight titlist Argenis Mendez (21-3-1, 11 KOs) is also on the untelevised undercard. He is slated to fight Daniel Evangelista (17-4-1, 13 KOs) in a 10-round bout.