Undefeated jr. welterweight contender Paul Spadafora is a man on mission. In the coming days, the former lightweight champion will be sitting down with some of the top promotional companies in boxing to discuss the possibility of quickly getting his career back to the championship level he left off at. Currently ranked #11 by the WBA, #15 by the IBF, and #1 by the USBA, Spadafora is eager to face some of the bigger names in and around the welterweight division to prove he's still in championship form.
"I'm hoping to get a shot at one of the best; any of the best names with Top Rank or Golden Boy Promotions," Spadafora commented, excited to be given the opportunity to sit down with the movers and shakers of the sport to discuss the next chapter of his career. "I believe I'm ready for any of the champions right now. In fact, I've been training in Miami, so I would have loved to give [Tim] Bradley a tour of the ring on December 15. But I know how this game works. I just want the chance. I'm 37 now, but I'm still on the same level with these younger guys. I'm watching all these guys. You got Rios/Alvarado coming up, and Garcia/Morales; there's Judah, [Jessie] Vargas...I'm ready for any of them, so hopefully, we'll have some good meetings and see what happens."
Spadafora recently returned to the ring after nearly a 2-year layoff, scoring a dominant unanimous decision victory over veteran Humberto Toledo. He's hoping his next opponent will be a bigger name so he can prove to the fans that he truly has what it takes to still compete at the championship level. Given the recent news that current IBF jr. welterweight champion Lamont Peterson will likely be giving up his title in favor of a rematch with WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley, I'm sure Team Spadafora would love an opportunity to face fellow southpaw and reformed "bad boy" Zab Judah in the near future.
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