posted on Feb, 26 2004 @ 12:16 AM
Associated Press - February 25, 2004
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The proposed bout between Paul Spadafora and Floyd Mayweather Jr. was rejected by New York boxing authorities. The unbeaten
champions were to fight May 8 at Madison Square Garden.
New York State Athletic Commission chairman Ron Scott Stevens said Wednesday his group decided ``the event as constituted'' should not go forward. He
declined further comment.
Spadafora is awaiting trial, stemming from the Oct. 26 shooting of his girlfriend in suburban Pittsburgh.
The Pittsburgh fighter (36-0-1) remains free on bond. He is charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and violation
of firearms laws. He gave up his IBF lightweight title in June, saying he could no longer make the 135-pound weight limit. His last fight was in May,
a draw against Leonard Dorin.
Spadafora promoter Michael Acri said his fighter did not apply for a New York license and the bout was not officially set.
``I don't know that the Mayweather fight is completely dead just because it's not in New York,'' he said.
The Spadafora-Mayweather fight was proposed as an elimination bout leading to a junior welterweight title fight against champion Arturo Gatti.
Mayweather (31-0) is the WBC lightweight champion. He last fought Nov. 1, knocking out Phillip Ndou in the seventh round.
His promoter, Bob Arum, did not immediately return a call.
[Edited on 26-2-2004 by Ocelot]