Paul Spadafora working off two years of ring rust

Former IBF lightweight champion Paul Spadafora has returned to the gym after a two-year layoff.

Known as The Pittsburgh Kid, the undefeated Spadafora (38-0-1, 15 KOs), who won the crown from Israel Cardona in 1999 and defended eight times, began sparring this week, trying to work off the ring rust from his recent incarceration.

Paul has looked spectacular in the gym. I know there has been a lot of speculation that Paul will be returning to the ring in October on the Mike Tyson card, but that is not accurate, Spadafora’s promoter Michael Acri said. The truth is we have not established a timetable for Paul’s return to the ring yet. The whole team is in complete agreement that we will let Paul’s progress in the gym dictate when he fights next.

Whenever that is, we’ll be ready. It will be good to see Spadafora in action again.