Spadafora Turns Down HBO Latino Clash With Dulorme

By Rick Reeno

Promoter Gary Shaw has advised that former champion Paul Spadafora (48-0-1, 19KOs) has rejected the opportunity to face Thomas Dulorme (18-1, 13KOs) in an HBO Latino televised fight on August 17th at the Revel Resort in Atlantic City. The card is headlined by an HBO televised showdown between IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale and British contender Darren Barker.

Shaw indicates to BoxingScene that he reached an agreement with Roy Jones Jr., who was representing Spadafora as his promoter in the negotiations. Dulorme and his team were fully on board with the fight.

After reaching an agreement with Jones, Shaw had a contract put together and issued for Spadafora's signature. However, Shaw was advised on Wednesday that Spadafora turned the fight down.

Spadafora turns 38-years-old in September and he's been hunting for a lucrative opportunity for the last few years. Dulorme would have been the perfect opportunity for Spadafora to showcase his skills against his best opponent in years. A good win, on an HBO televised card, with HBO execs watching from ringside - would have done Spadafora some much needed good for his career. Time is not on his side and Dulorme is one of several good opponents that Spadafora turned down in the last few years.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by {Pito} on 06-27-2013

I definitely think he's holding out for a bigger name

Comment by Sugar Adam Ali on 06-27-2013

I think spaddy is just holding out for a legit name, not a prospect on hbo latino... I think he is content to fighting club guys till he gets a shot at a true name... His undefeated record helps him…

Comment by BattleAxePurist on 06-27-2013

Spaddy had been trying to get his name out there to build himself up to a notable fight but someone actually called his bluff and he laid his cards face down and walked away from the table probably telling himself…

Comment by marzblkman on 06-27-2013

What possible reason could he give to NOT take this fight? It couldn't have been MONEY because he's not drawing hardly ANYTHING now. This was/is all the opportunity he could ever want and has BEGGED for. Utter sigh

Comment by ddangerous on 06-27-2013

Seriously? :wtf1:

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