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Galvan will serve as Spadafora's next opponent

| Thursday, April 15, 2004

Ruben Galvan is not a household name in boxing, but the junior welterweight met a different criteria to become the opponent for Paul Spadafora's ring return.

"I needed a Hispanic fighter," Spadafora promoter Michael Acri said, "and I got one."

Galvan (20-4-2, 9 KOs), a native of Mexico who now lives in Hammond, Ind., will face Spadafora (36-0-1, 14 KOs) on April 29 at the Hilton Garden Inn at Southpointe.

Spadafora, a former lightweight champion, hasn't fought since his controversial draw against Leonard Dorin last May in a unification bout at Petersen Events Center and has since been troubled by legal and substance abuse issues.

The fight is being billed as "Return of the Kid," in reference to Spadafora's "Pittsburgh Kid" tag, but is far from the triumphant return his promoter planned. Spadafora originally was supposed to fight undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr. at Madison Square Garden in New York before the site and the fight ultimately fell through.

With Spadafora receiving a set purse and only 1,500 seats available at the hotel, Acri said he sought a Hispanic boxer to sell to the Latin American television audience.

Galvan has won eight of his past 10 fights, his most recent a 10-round unanimous decision over Ryan Maraldo last month in Tunica, Miss.

"He's probably the fastest kid Paul's fought, hand speed-wise," Acri said. "He's not the perfect style for Paul, because he's fast. He's an active fighter and Paul's been off a year."

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