Pittsburgh boxer Paul Spadafora is being sued by his long-time manager for breach of contract.
Al McCauley filed the complaint Monday in Allegheny County, alleging that his client of 15 years had boxed in a match at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort in August without his consent and without paying Mr. McCauley a portion of the purse.
"Defendant Spadafora won his August boxing match," attorney Vincent Coppola wrote. "In light of this victory, his former world title and the boxing record that plaintiff McCauley helped him forge over the years, Mr. Spadafora is now poised to sign a multi-million dollar boxing contract for a title fight."
In the Aug. 18 match, Spadafora, who is 46-0-1, defeated Humberto Toledo.
Mr. McCauley has served as one of Spadafora's trainers since 1995. He became his manager in 1997 and signed a three-year contract with him on June 24, 2009, Mr. Coppola wrote.
The lawyer contends that Spadafora stopped following the terms of the contract more than a year before it expired.
"Due to the unique nature of the professional boxing industry and defendant Spadafora's specific circumstances and talents, and the necessity by which managers must develop their boxers' skills over the years to make them marketable and thus receive a return on the significant investment of time and money, the term of McCauley's contract with Mr. Spadafora must and should reflect a period of time equal to the length of time in which Mr. Spadafora has refused to cooperate and perform under the contract," according to the lawsuit.
Mr. McCauley alleges that Spadafora's actions impair his ability to conduct business with other boxers.
Spadafora filed notice of his own action against Mr. McCauley and others in Washington County Common Pleas Court earlier this month.
Joseph Horn, a New Jersey attorney who represents the boxer, said Mr. McCauley and Michael Acri Boxing Promotions, which used to represent Spadafora, attempted to interfere in the August bout at Mountaineer, sending letters to the venue threatening to have the fight stopped and seek damages.
"They should not have interfered with the contract that exists currently," Mr. Horn said.
He said he expects to file a lawsuit against them within 30 days of his writ being filed.
Mr. McCauley initially went to the Pennsylvania Athletic Commission to have the contract with Spadafora extended but lost there, the lawyer said.
"He sought them out and lost," Mr. Horn said. "He's not happy with the results in that venue."
This morning, Spadafora pleaded guilty before Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Kelly Bigley to two counts of driving under the influence and one count of driving with a suspended license. He was sentenced to four days alternative confinement to be followed by probation.
One count stemmed from an arrest on Sept. 22, 2011, by Jefferson police, and the other came a month later, on Oct. 22, by the Stowe police.
Paula Reed Ward: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-2620.