by David P. Greisman
Former lightweight titleholder Paul Spadafora is expected to be charged with simple assault and harassment after allegedly attacking a 63-year-old woman at a bar in Pennsylvania on Monday, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
“The woman told police … Spadafora took off her hat, drank her beer and put her in a headlock,” according to the article. “When the woman went outside to call police, Spadafora followed her and threw her to the ground.”
Spadafora, 40, wasn’t even supposed to be at the bar, which had banned the retired fighter “because of an incident in October,” according to WPXI.
Spadafora’s history of legal issues has been chronicled before. The most serious case led to him serving two years in jail for the non-fatal shooting of his girlfriend.
A comeback that began in 2006 ultimately led to a fight in November 2013 for the interim WBA title in the 140-pound division, but Spadafora suffered his first career defeat in that bout after dropping a majority decision to Johan Perez. A victory over Hector Velazquez in July 2014 moved Spadafora’s record to 49-1-1 with 19 KOs. That was his last time in the ring.
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