FanDuel - WFBC

September 28, 2006

Tyson could soon return to the ring : Looks like Iron Mike could be the headliner in this all-star event. The opening act will be a convicted wife killer.

posted by louisville_slugger to boxing at 07:36 AM - 31 comments

The opening act will be a convicted wife killer. From the link: The tour will also feature former lightweight champion Paul Spadafora, who just completed a seven-month prison term for shooting his fiancee in 2003. [emphasis mine] ...and, courtesy of a 15-second Google search: He fought with his girlfriend, Nadine Russo, then struggled with her outside a gas station, then shot her in the chest. The police initially charged Spadafora with attempted homicide. That was Oct. 26, 2003. Roughly three months later, Spadafora proposed to Russo, who was finally recovered and out of the hospital. On Dec. 1, 2004, Russo gave birth to the couple's first child, Geno. That's a pretty lively corpse.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 07:52 AM on September 28

He married his wife's corpse?? That's digusting! Edit: Wait a sec, that doesn't work. He married his fiance's corpse?

posted by SummersEve at 08:06 AM on September 28

You only get seven months for shooting your fiance in the chest? That's an odd standard. I would have thought, you know, MORE. Is anyone surprised that Tyson is coming back? This guy is going to be fighting until he's 80 he's so far in debt. I read recently that he basically went through something along the lines of $200 million. Of course, Bengal Tiger chow isn't cheap.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 08:10 AM on September 28

My apologies...."attempted wife killer"

posted by louisville_slugger at 08:18 AM on September 28

Screw the boxing, the Spadafora family seems entertaining enough on their own. How do these people not have a reality show on Fox?

posted by The_Black_Hand at 08:42 AM on September 28

Not sure which worries me more, the fact that the guy only got seven months for shooting her in the chest three times, or the fact that she actually married him after that. It's certainly a novel approach to wooing a woman, but I'm not desperate enough to try it just yet.

posted by TheQatarian at 08:49 AM on September 28

My apologies...."attempted wife killer" Keep tryin'.

posted by yerfatma at 08:54 AM on September 28

Not missing the point of the short sentence, but he did spend an additional 6 months in a "boot camp" (what ever that means). Some people give rings. Others give bullets to the chest. Who am I to judge?

posted by SummersEve at 08:54 AM on September 28

So he's a murderer and a necrophiliac, eh? This just gets worse and worse. Next you'll be telling me this Tyson fellow's some sort of cannibal.

posted by JJ at 09:07 AM on September 28

Mike... It's me.... Stop already!

posted by firecop at 10:11 AM on September 28

If this Spadafora guy gives Tyson three slugs to the chest,would that qualify as a TKO?

posted by Tubby Fan at 10:40 AM on September 28

I heard Tyson asked Holyfield for another bout, and Holyfield said "Sorry, can't hear you".

posted by mjkredliner at 10:50 AM on September 28

With Holyfields comeback already started, I wonder if there's any chance of another Tyson match. I'm sure Mike would take another pounding for a few bucks.

posted by louisville_slugger at 11:08 AM on September 28

All we need is Ike Turner and OJ to join up and we could have a great tour. They could give advice for couples having hard times and then they could all help OJ find the killer.

posted by Debo270 at 11:59 AM on September 28

Sad to see Tyson getting back in to the ring, especially to pay off debts. Was there never anyone in this man's entourage who thought to mention to "Iron Mike" to save or invest his money? Yes, I realize he squandered millions, but geez! This type of bad money management seem most prevelant in boxing as opposed to other sports. Bad managers? The intelligence of the boxers themselves? Could someone please enlighten me? That said, I wish him well, and hope he doesn't have to give/take too many more beatings to be debt free.

posted by steelergirl at 01:20 PM on September 28

Boy was professional sports getting boring with such a recent lack of misfits, fellons, drug users (enhancing or otherwise) and other assorted miscreants making big headlines. Thank god Tyson is coming back to fix all that, it will be a breath of fresh air.

posted by gradys_kitchen at 01:36 PM on September 28

Boy was professional sports getting boring with such a recent lack of misfits, fellons, drug users (enhancing or otherwise) and other assorted miscreants making big headlines. Thank god Tyson is coming back to fix all that, it will be a breath of fresh air. The funny thing is, how would you feel if you knew the truth? I can guarantee that your mailman (woman), The guy/girl that picks up your trash, or the security guard at your job (you know, the one who has the same favorite team as you) that you say hello to every morning and talk about the game with, has done a stretch for something. The thing is would you call the trash company to request a different trash man if you knew that the man who comes right up to your door to get the trash stabbed someone 10 years ago? Or would you ask the post office to hold your mail, so you could come get it your self, instead of, what you call a miscreant bringing it to you? Better yet, would you move your money to another bank and pay higher interest rates if you found out that the place where you bank gave an excon a second chance, and he/she is the one who keeps your checking account in order and waives those fee's for you when you screw it up? Ok, so the miscreants can work for you, they just can't earn a living doing so.

posted by Bishop at 02:07 PM on September 28

huh?

posted by Folkways at 02:26 PM on September 28

The funny thing is, how would you feel if you knew the truth? I can guarantee that your mailman (woman), The guy/girl that picks up your trash, or the security guard at your job (you know, the one who has the same favorite team as you) that you say hello to every morning and talk about the game with, has done a stretch for something. The thing is would you call the trash company to request a different trash man if you knew that the man who comes right up to your door to get the trash stabbed someone 10 years ago? Or would you ask the post office to hold your mail, so you could come get it your self, instead of, what you call a miscreant bringing it to you? Better yet, would you move your money to another bank and pay higher interest rates if you found out that the place where you bank gave an excon a second chance, and he/she is the one who keeps your checking account in order and waives those fee's for you when you screw it up? Ok, so the miscreants can work for you, they just can't earn a living doing so. How long were you in the big house?

posted by jamesnrenee at 02:47 PM on September 28

Its sad that he's broke, but let that be a lesson to young fighters,........DO NOT DO BUSINESS WITH DON KING!

posted by bo_fan at 02:53 PM on September 28

But really, other than the fact that Spadafora put three slugs in his fiance's chest, he's probably a pretty good guy! And then she MARRIES him. And yeah Bishop, way to take gradys comments literally. Dude, lighten up.

posted by Desert Dog at 02:59 PM on September 28

Tyson must be the stupitist man in America. Sure. Don King and his son ripped him off for a few million but the moron refused to listen to any one and put his money in the bank. Ali was smart enough to buy 10 million dollare worth of tax free bonds in his prime. After he retired he never had to work again.

posted by somerville99 at 03:25 PM on September 28

My mailman might stab me?!?!

posted by gradys_kitchen at 03:32 PM on September 28

Holy shit - HONEY!! DON'T GET THE MAIL!!! RUN!!! RUNNNNNNNN!!!!

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 03:47 PM on September 28

I actually don't think the USPS hires convicted felons. Perhaps you need only fear FedEx deliveries.

posted by bperk at 04:00 PM on September 28

I'd be afraid of Airborne, myself, but the idiots can't ever find my house.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 04:29 PM on September 28

I thought there was something funny about that person who picks up my trash. Just what I least expected, one of those wacky guy/girls! That explains why that person checks my wife out and then checks ME out. I thought they were just bi. Bishop, your insight has cleared up many of my questions.

posted by Desert Dog at 05:19 PM on September 28

The sad part is that if Mike keeps fighting he might start to show signs of having taken too many punches. You know, irrational behavior, odd fits of rage, violent mood swings, slurred speech. Oh, right. Tyson. How could you tell?

posted by gradioc at 06:47 PM on September 28

The guy/girl thing was an attempt at political correctedness. How long were you in the big house? I did a 3 year bid for impersonating a news paper columnist. And yeah Bishop, way to take gradys comments literally. Dude, lighten up. Dude, I could say the same thing about how you took my comment, and when you wink at the he/she that picks up your trash, you're only leading him/her on.

posted by Bishop at 06:50 PM on September 28

Can I trust my mechanic?

posted by TAZ29 at 07:26 PM on September 28

They're a murderous bunch especially with the upsell. "That rattle you're hearing ... well that's not just mechanical, it's the computer. That's gonna cost you another $500 on top of the parts and labor."

posted by gradys_kitchen at 08:39 AM on September 29

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