- Associated Press - Thursday, January 12, 2017

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A preliminary hearing has been postponed for former lightweight boxing champ Paul Spadafora on charges that he stabbed his brother, kicked his mother then threatened Pittsburgh police who intervened.

Spadafora’s attorney, William Difenderfer, says his client’s mother still is not available to testify, and the proceeding is now slated for Feb. 8.

For now, his 41-year-old client remains in the Allegheny County jail where Difenderfer says Spadafora is working to address various “issues.”

Police say Spadafora stabbed his brother Dec. 21 and threatened police saying, “I’m gonna kill them.”

Spadafora won the vacant International Boxing Federation lightweight belt in 1999 when he was 23, but surrendered the title after he was charged with shooting his then-girlfriend in 2003.

He’s had several alcohol-related brushes with the law since.

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