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Paul Spadafora passes on August 17 HBO Latino fight

Paul Spadafora has declined an opportunity to appear on HBO Latino on August 17 against Thomas Dulorme, with no reason given for turning down the fight.

37-year-old Paul Spadafora has decided to pass on an agreed-to bout for August 17, in which he would have faced Thomas Dulorme on HBO Latino prior to a Boxing After Dark card on HBO, according to Gary Shaw, who promotes Dulorme and is running that night's Atlantic City event.

Shaw says that he'd reached a deal with Roy Jones Jr's team, which promotes Spadafora, but "The Pittsburgh Kid" decided not to sign the contract for whatever reason. Spadafora (48-0-1, 19 KO) has been ostensibly working for a shot like this since returning to the sport from a prison sentence in 2006, but it seems that every time he's on the doorstep for something like this rather than a headline spot in Chester, West Virginia, he doesn't take the offer.

Most who have seen Spadafora in recent years -- including friend and supporter Kelly Pavlik -- agree that it's highly unlikely he has any shot at becoming a real player in the sport again, as age and many out of the ring issues have taken a toll. Perhaps the fighter is content to do what he's been doing and merely pay lip service to doing more, just to keep his name in the mix. I don't know. But either way, he won't be in against Dulorme.

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