Manfredo to rematch Spina in Providence on March 15

Phil Jay 21/01/2013

Former world middleweight champion Peter Manfredo Jr. will continue his comeback from retirement when he battles fellow- Rhode Islander Joey Spina for the second time this spring.

The 32 year-old, who retired in 2011 following a fifth round stoppage loss to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. for the WBC title, is already a fight into his return after a one-sided win over Rayco Saunders last November and now faces Spina, whom he defeated in three rounds in 2006.

That last win over the ‘KO Kid’ led Manfredo into the first of his four world championship challenges against Joe Calzaghe in 2007, although ‘The Pride of Providence’ is taking a different approach in the twilight of his career and is putting himself under no pressure to achieve.

“I think it’s going to be an action-packed fight,” Manfredo told World Boxing News.

“We are two rivals from the same area and people around here still want to see this fight happen again.

“I am continuing my career only so I can get my wife through school and I don’t really know how many more I will have. I just take one day at a time.

“I can tell you this though, after twelve years in the professional Game and 45 pro fights, I know I am not what I once was, but I am the best I am ever going to be and I always give 100%.

“I can still draw a crowd and at the end of the day and I have earned an honest living for my family.”

Spina, 35, is on the back of two close points losses following a two-year break from the ring and fights for the 32nd time in his career when the pair clash at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln on March 15.