"We have had a very good training camp," said Yankello. "We trained for eight weeks. He had nine different sparring partners. It’s the best I’ve seen him sitting on his punches."
"We really trained hard for this fight," stated Spadafora. "We’re ready to get it in."
Spadafora, 46-0-1 (19), and Yankello have worked together for a majority of his career up through Paul’s IBF lightweight title reign. The two have recently rejoined while Spadafora, ranked 11th by the WBA, now fights under Roy Jones Jr. and the TNT banner, lead by Tammy and Troy Ridgley.
In Spadafora’s previous fight, an 8 round unanimous decision victory over Humberto Toledo, his skills were sharp, while more emphasis seemed to be on his power and sitting down on his punches consistently.
Yankello obliged. "As far as strength goes, I think it’s the strongest and healthiest he has ever been as a pro."
Now capaigning at junior welterweight, the additional strength will be important if Spadafora plans to mix it up with some of the division’s best.
His opponent this saturday, Australia’s Solomon Egberime, 22-3-1 (11), trained by Lovemore N’dou, is ranked 13th by the WBO and has been in his fair share of tough fights.
Egberime has fought most of his career at or above the 140 lb limit so the power increase for Spadafora will be important on saturday night.
Egberime will fight outside of Australia for the first time and knows his first fight in the states can springboard him to bigger fights here and a possible climb up the rankings.
His last fight against a southpaw, Czar Amonsot, ended as a split draw. That was just two fights ago so the challenge will be there against a slick southpaw in Spadafora.
Multiple opponents have been mentioned going forward for the Pittsburgh Kid, but only one opponent will be on Spadafora’s mind come saturday night. Spadafora is all business and had little to say at the pre-fight press conference. "I just want to thank my whole team for everything."
Spadafora has been called "Spit" in the past, a nickanme given to him by his friends for his ability to talk the talk. Now with a new team and new outlook on boxing after his roller coaster career and life were in jeopardy, the focused fighter is ready to lace them up and get down to business..
"I don’t do all that talking, I just fight," said Spadafora.
Monty Meza-Clay vs. Emmanuel Lucero in a rematch of their July bout in an 8 rounder, which Meza-Clay won by majority decision. (Super Featherweights)
Jake Giuriceo vs. Peter Oluoch-8 rounds (Junior Welterweights)
Morgan Fitch vs. Cameron Allen-6 rounds (Super Middleweights)
Billy Hutchinson vs. Jose Caraballo-6 rounds (Junior Welterweights)
Joey Holt vs. Alan Moore-4 rounds (Junior Middleweights)
Matchmakers: Mark Yankello and Andy Nance
November 30, 2012