Manfredo gives Spina 'the beating of his life'

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Super middleweight Peter Manfredo Jr. stopped fellow Providence resident Joey Spina in the third round of a scheduled 12-round non-title fight Saturday night at the Dunkin' Donuts Center.

Manfredo landed two hard right hands at the beginning of the third round that staggered Spina. A third right put Spina on the canvas.

Before referee Charles Dwyer could finish his count, Spina's corner signaled to stop the fight at 1:01 of the third round.

"I told you I'm on a different level," Manfredo (26-3, 12 knockouts) said. "I never wanted to hurt anyone from Rhode Island, but he kept shooting his mouth off. I guess he got his money, but he took the beating of his life."

Spina (19-1-1, 14 knockouts) said he injured his left hand in the second round.

"I jammed my thumb," the 29-year-old said. "After that I couldn't do anything. I didn't do what I wanted to do, which was knock him out."

Manfredo first hurt Spina midway through the second round. Manfredo landed an overhand right and Spina's right knee came within about an inch of touching the canvas. Spina regained his balance just in time to avoid being knocked down.

Manfredo, 25, was a finalist in the first season of "The Contender," losing to Sergio Mora in the final bout. His last fight was Feb. 13, when he stopped Scott Pemberton in the third round.

Earlier, Allan Green of Tulsa, Okla., stopped Jerson Ravelo of Newark, N.J., at 2:24 of the eighth round of a scheduled eight-round super middleweight bout.

Green (23-0, 16 KOs) has won eight of his past 11 fights by knockout. The 27-year-old is ranked fifth by the WBO and 19th by the WBC.

Ravelo, 29, a member of the Dominican Republic's 2000 Olympic team, dropped to 17-2 with 12 knockouts.