Lem Satterfield

Spadafora returns on Saturday

Unbeaten junior welterweight Paul Spadafora returns to the ring on Saturday for a junior welterweight clash against once-beaten Johan Perez at the Mountaineer Casino Racetrack and Resort in Chester, West Virginia.

Spadafora (48-0-1, 19 knockouts), who turned 38 in September, was last in the ring for a unanimous decision victory over Robert Frankel in April.

In the 30-year-old Perez (17-1-1, 12 KOs), Spadafora faces a winner of two straight since falling by seventh-round technical majority decision to Pablo Cesar Cano in July of 2012.

Perez is coming off a unanimous decision victory over previously undefeated Yoshihiro Kamegai in June, and was 5-0-1, with five knockouts in his previous six bouts before falling to Cano.

Saturday’s event is co-promoted by Roy Jones Jr. Presents, Golden Boy Promotions and TNT Promotions.

Spadafora was once a highly-rated fighter but has been derailed by repeated troubles with the law. He won the IBF lightweight title by unanimous decision over Israel Cardona in August of 1999 and defended it eight times.

In other bouts, super middleweight Morgan Fitch (11-0, 5 KOs) meets journeyman Darnell Boone (19-21-3, 8 KOs), Wilkins Santiago (9-0, 1 KO) takes on junior middleweight Eric Draper (8-6, 3 KOs), light heavyweight Dustin Echard (7-0, 5 KOs) has a bout against Thomas Hanshaw (2-2, 1 KO), and featherweight Antonio Nieves (4-0, 1 KO) faces Markel Muhammad (2-14).

 

Lem Satterfield can be reached at lemuel.satterfield@gmail.com

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