Spadafora still undefeated
Ringside report & photos by Gary Sarti
Former IBF lightweight champ, Paul Spadafora, improved his record to 43-0-1 with a unanimous decision victory over Jermaine White (17-4), of Las Vegas, in front of a sellout crowd of 1,200 at the Heinz Field VIP Tent last night.
In the opening round, White pressed the action early and smothered Spadafora with a flurry of punches.
After a warning for a low blow in round two, Spadafora opened a cut over White’s left eye. The flow of blood bothered White in rounds three and four as he resorted to clowning, rushing and taunting Spadafora.
The middle rounds saw White playing possum, trying to turn the contest into a street fight. Spadafora used his superior boxing skills to counter White’s antics and take control of the fight.
After both fighters were warned for head butting in round six, Spadafora worked the body effectively, putting an end to White’s showboating. The seventh round saw good action, as White landed early and Spadafora answered with sharp counterpunching.
In the eighth and final round, Spadafora was clearly frustrated by White’s antics and had a point deducted by Referee Rick Steigerward for an intentional head butt.
Scorecards read 78-73 twice and 79-72 for Spadafora.
Spadafora plans a return to the ring in November or December with trainer, former Olympian and four-time world champion, Pernell “Sweat Pea” Whitaker.
On the undercard:
Junior welterweight Rod Salka (9-0) of Elizabeth, PA pressed the action throughout his six-round unanimous decision victory over Devarise Clayton (6-7-1) of Orlando, FL. All three scorecards read 60-54 for Salka.
Heavyweight Paul Zalus (3-0) of West Deer, PA a powerful left hook to drop Ryan St. Germain (2-5-1) of Elkhart IN six times in their scheduled 4 round contest. Zalus felled St. Germain once in first, three time in the second and twice in the third before Referee Rick Steigerwald stopped the fight at the :53 second mark of round three.
Welterweight Jesse Lubash (12-0) of Pittsburgh, PA won a six round unanimous decision over Jessie Davis (11-15) of Savannah, TN. Lubash suffered a cut from an accidental head butt early in the fight. Lubash landed heavy punches and clobbered Davis throughout the fight, opening a cut over Davis’ left eye in round four. All three scorecards read 60-54 for Lubash.
Welterweights Sam Gipson (2-4-2) of Elkhart, IN and Mike Siano (3-0-2) of Columbus, OH fought to a four round draw. Scorecards read: 38-38, 39-37 for Gipson and 39-37 for Siano.
Junior lightweight Risool Shakoor (2-6-1) of Jackson, MI won a unanimous decision over Ricky Benavides (4-3) of Hartford, CT. Scorecards read: 39-37 twice and 40-36.