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Ex-manager hits boxer Spadafora with lawsuit

| Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, 7:29 a.m.

Boxer Paul Spadafora is stepping into the ring with an unlikely opponent: his manager.

Al McCauley of Plum, Spadafora's manager until recently, filed a lawsuit on Monday in Allegheny County alleging the McKees Rocks boxer breached their June 2009 contract when he fought Humberto Toledo on Aug. 18 at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort in Chester, W.Va.

McCauley, who became Spadafora's manager in 1997, said Spadafora engaged in the match without McCauley getting a percentage of the proceeds. He alleges Spadafora “is now poised to sign a multi-million dollar contract for a title fight” and deprive McCauley of his share of those proceeds.

The lawsuit also claims the breach of contract impaired McCauley's ability to conduct business with other boxers.

McCauley wants a judge to prevent Spadafora from boxing or doing promotions for 13 months except under his management contract.

Spadafora, 37, who has 46 wins, one tie and no losses, could not be reached for comment. Spadafora is attempting to revive his career after multiple run-ins with the law, including a 13-month stint in jail in 2005-06 for shooting his former girlfriend.

Spadafora's attorney, Joe Horn, said the dispute was settled in June when the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission denied McCauley's attempt to extend the contract.

“In essence, he's taking his ball and not going home but going to another court to try to play,” Horn said.

Spadafora has signed with manager Robert Orpense and a promotional team, TNT Sports Promotions, which is headed by former championship boxer Roy Jones Jr., Horn said.

TNT's lawyer, former Washington County District Attorney Steve Toprani, asked a Washington County judge earlier this month to bar McCauley and Michael Acri, Spadafora's former promoter, from trying to block Spadafora from fighting at Mountaineer.

Horn said Spadafora is not poised to sign a multi-million dollar contract for a title fight.

“From Al McCauley's lips to God's ears,” Horn said. “Maybe if they'll back off and stop interfering, he can revive his career to where it was meant to be.”

Adam Brandolph is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7886 or abrandolph@tribweb.com.

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