But Spadafora's attorney said the fighter's long-time former manager Al McCauley is simply trying to get an Allegheny County judge to do what the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission refused to do in June. That's when the commission denied McCauley's request to extend a three-year management contract that he signed with Spadafora in June 2009.
Spadafora won his last fight against Humberto Toledo on Aug. 18 at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort in Chester, W.Va., and McCauley's lawsuit contends Spadafora "is now poised to sign a multi-million dollar boxing contract for a title fight."
"From Al McCauley's lips to God's ears," Spadafora's attorney Joseph Horn said, denying the boxer will soon sign such a lucrative contract. "Maybe if they'll back off and stop interfering, he can revive his career to where it was meant to be."
Spadafora is now represented by manager Robert Orpense and TNT Sports Promotions, a team headed by former boxing champ Roy Jones Jr., Horn said.
Spadafora, 37, is nicknamed the Pittsburgh Kid because he hails from the nearby suburb of McKees Rocks. He's undefeated as a professional, with 46 wins and one draw, though his ring appearances have been sporadic in recent years because of various criminal charges, most of them alcohol-related.
Spadafora won the IBF lightweight crown over Israel Cardona in 1999 and fought Leonard Dorin to a draw in a title unification and eighth defense. Spadafora then vacated the belt to move up to junior welterweight in 2003.
Later that year, Spadafora shot his ex-girlfriend, Nadine Russo, who later gave birth to his child. He eventually served 13 months in prison and a boot camp before he was paroled in April 2006.
Spadafora has recently claimed to be sober after two arrests for drunken driving last fall. He was arrested by police in Jefferson Hills last September, and again in October in Stowe Township, another Pittsburgh suburb. He pleaded guilty to both cases Tuesday and was sentenced to four days of alternative confinement—which usually amounts to house arrest—followed by probation.