Paolo Roberto

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Paolo Roberto
Paolo Roberto portrait.jpg
Statistics
Real name Paolo Antonio Roberto
Rated at Welterweight
Nationality Swedish
Born (1969-02-03) February 3, 1969 (age 45)
Stockholm, Sweden
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 33
Wins 28
Wins by KO 13
Losses 4
Draws 1
No contests 0

Paolo Roberto (born 3 February 1969 in Upplands Väsby, Stockholms län, Sweden) is a Swedish ex-boxer, actor, and TV host of partial Italian descent.

Boxing career[edit]

Roberto started to compete professionally at the age of 24, but had earlier competed in kickboxing where he became Swedish champion, and before that Taekwondo where he became Nordic champion and repeated Swedish champion. He was known for fighting a lot in the street.[1]

He started off his career with four consecutive victories before running into trouble. After fighting a six round draw against Roy Dehara he came back to the ring to be stopped in the second round against John Duckworth. His coach said in a post fight interview that Paolo refused to give up and that's probably why the referee stopped the fight. When asked about the incident Paolo simply said if he would give up in a street fight he would die. After his first loss he won fifteen straight fights before taking on the WBC light middleweight champion Javier Castillejo to whom he lost in the fifth round by referee stoppage. Roberto was behind on all scorecards at the time the fight was stopped.[2]

Roberto then moved up in weight to challenge fellow countryman Armand Krajnc[3] for his WBO middle weight title. In between those fights he had four wins. In the fight against Krajnc Roberto had the champion rocking on his feet in the opening round. A right hook stunned his opponent and he had to cover up against the ropes. Then later on in the fight Krajnc finally figured out his opponent and outboxed the smaller challenger.[4]

Paolo then went back to his original weight class welterweight where after three fights he won the vacant WBC International Welterweight title against Raul Eduardo Bejarano. He then vacated his belt to fight for the WBO Inter-Continental welterweight title against Wayne Martell. Roberto dominated the fight and was winning when in the tenth round Martell's cut above his eye had gotten so bad the ring doctor decided he had had enough. In his first defense of his WBO title Roberto got knocked out in the second round against Sebastian Andres Lujan.[5] He never fought professionally again.[6]

All of Roberto's boxing matches took place outside of Sweden, including his championship fights, which were held in the Aland Islands, because pro boxing has been banned in Sweden since 1969.[7]

Outside boxing[edit]

He was a participant in the first season of Let’s Dance, the Swedish version of Dancing with the Stars.[8]

He married Lena Arrelöv on 31 December 2003. The couple have one son, Enzo Antonio Roberto, born in 2004, and one daughter, Elisa Roberto, born in 2007.

His early life is dramatized in the 1987 Swedish movie Stockholmsnatt.

He is featured in some chapters of Stieg Larsson's The Girl Who Played with Fire and played himself in the film based on the book.[9][10]

Roberto has also talked openly of his conversion experience, which happened on a visit to St. Peter's in Rome. Wishing to approach the image of St. Michael the Archangel (the great "fighter" of the Heavenly Host), he was told he was not allowed in that roped off area. He asked, "Well, why can those people go in?" "They are going to confession," the guard replied. He thought of the empty life he had lived to his present, and told the guard, "Well, I'm going to confession, too." After over an hour with the priest, he said he felt renewed. The girl he had travelled to Rome with is now his wife, Lena Arrelöv. Roberto recounted this episode of his life to Marcus Grodi on the "Journey Home" show of EWTN.[11]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Result Record Opponent Method Stadium Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 28 – 4 – 1 Argentina Sebastian Andres Lujan KO Baltic Hall, Mariehamn, Finland October 4, 2003 2 1:22 Finland Mariehamn, Finland Loses WBO Inter-Continental welterweight title.
Win 28 – 3 – 1 United States Wayne Martell TKO (cuts) Kisahalli, Helsinki, Finland February 2, 2003 10 1:52 Finland Helsinki, Finland Wins WBO Inter-Continental welterweight title.
Win 27 – 3 – 1 Argentina Raul Eduardo Bejarano UD Finland November 16, 2002 12 3:00 Finland Helsinki, Finland Wins WBC International welterweight title.
Win 26 – 3 – 1 France David Sarraille TKO Denmark, Odense Congress Center August 30, 2002 2 2:02 Denmark Odense, Denmark
Win 25 – 3 – 1 Hungary Gyorgy Bugyik TKO Gubbio, Umbria, Italy June 6, 2002 2 1:59 Italy Gubbio, Italy
Win 24 – 3 – 1 Canada Ron Pasek KO Cirkusbygningen, Copenhagen, Denmark April 6, 2002 3 2:45 Denmark Copenhagen, Denmark Return to welterweight division.
Loss 23 – 3 – 1 Sweden Armand Krajnc UD Hansehalle, Luebeck, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany November 13, 2001 12 3:00 Germany Luebeck, Germany For WBO middleweight title.
Win 23 – 2 – 1 Brazil Luiz Augusto Dos Santos MD Kisstadion, Budapest, Hungary June 6, 2001 8 3:00 Hungary Budapest, Hungary
Win 22 – 2 -1 Panama Edwin Murillo KO Estrel Convention Center, Neukoelln, Berlin, Germany October 10, 2000 1 0:50 Germany Berlin, Germany
Win 21 – 2 – 1 United States Anthony Ivory UD FTC Stadium, Budapest, Hungary August 28, 2000 8 3:00 Hungary Budapest, Hungary
Win 20 – 2 – 1 United States Henry Hughes TKO Preussag Arena, Hannover, Niedersachsen, Germany June 4, 2000 2 1:51 Germany Hannover, Germany
Loss 19 – 2 – 1 Spain Javier Castillejo TKO Pabellon Europa, Leganes, Comunidad de Madrid, Spain September 19, 1999 7 1:47 Spain Madrid, Spain For WBC light middleweight title.
Win 19 – 1 – 1 Bulgaria Stefan Dimitrov TKO Plaza de Toros La Cubierta, Leganes, Comunidad de Madrid, Spain April 14, 1999 6 0:32 Spain Madrid, Spain
Win 18 – 1 – 1 Mexico Jesus Mayorga UD Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States February 13, 1999 8 3:00 United States Las Vegas, USA
Win 17 – 1 – 1 United Kingdom David Baptiste TKO Everton Park Sports Centre, Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom December 19, 1998 6 2:51 United Kingdom Liverpool, United Kingdom
Win 16 – 1 – 1 Bulgaria Djemal Mehmedov TKO York, Yorkshire, United Kingdom September 26, 1998 4 2:48 United Kingdom York, United Kingdom
Win 15 – 1 – 1 Italy Armando Briganti SD Pesaro, Marche, Italy May 29, 1998 8 3:00 Italy Pesaro, Italy
Win 14 – 1 – 1 United States Darryl Ruffin UD Ballys Park Place Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States February 28, 1998 8 3:00 United States New Jersey, USA
Win 13 – 1 – 1 United Kingdom Darren Covill PTS Lee Valley Leisure Centre, Picketts Lock, London, United Kingdom January 31, 1998 6 3:00 United Kingdom London, United Kingdom
Win 12 – 1 – 1 Ukraine Viktor Fesechko PTS Alexandra Pavilion, Muswell Hill, London, United Kingdom October 14, 1997 8 3:00 United Kingdom London, United Kingdom
Win 11 – 1 – 1 United Kingdom Danny Quacoe PTS San Gennaro Vesuviano, Campania, Italy August 9, 1997 8 3:00 Italy San Gennaro Vesuviano, Italy
Win 10 – 1 – 1 United Kingdom Steve Goodwin PTS Kelvin Hall, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom July 5, 1997 6 3:00 United Kingdom Glasgow, United Kingdom
Win 9 – 1 – 1 United Kingdom Paul King PTS Brondby hallen, Copenhagen, Denmark January 24, 1997 6 3:00 Denmark Copenhagen, Denmark
Win 8 – 1 – 1 Morocco Habib Ben Salah TKO Le Caire, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, France September 19, 1996 5 2:02 France Le Caire, France
Win 7 – 1 – 1 Slovakia Josef Presinsky UD Walsleben, Brandenburg, Germany June 16, 1996 6 3:00 Germany Brandenburg, Germany
Win 6 – 1 – 1 United Kingdom Carl Winstone PTS Elephant & Castle Centre, Southwark, London, United Kingdom November 29, 1995 4 3:00 United Kingdom London, United Kingdom
Win 5 – 1 – 1 United Kingdom Ernie Loveridge PTS Town Hall, Battersea, London, United Kingdom September 21, 1995 4 3:00 United Kingdom London, United Kingdom
Loss 4 – 1 – 1 United Kingdom Dusty Miller TKO York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom April 27, 1995 2 2:28 United Kingdom London, United Kingdom
Draw 4 – 0 – 1 United Kingdom John Duckworth PTS Piccadilly, London, United Kingdom November 7, 1994 6 3:00 United Kingdom London, United Kingdom
Win 4–0 United Kingdom Roy Dehara KO York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom September 29, 1994 1 2:00 United Kingdom London, United Kingdom
Win 3–0 United Kingdom John Hughes TKO Tooting, London, United Kingdom June 2, 1994 1 0:21 United Kingdom London, United Kingdom
Win 2–0 Hungary Zoltan Dano PTS Budapest, Hungary February 27, 1994 4 3:00 Hungary Budapest, Hungary
Win 1–0 Hungary Laszlo Molnar TKO Turku, Finland December 18, 1993 2 1:21 Finland Turku, Finland Boxing debut for Roberto.

Minor Titles held[edit]

Preceded by
Vacant
WBC International welterweight title
16 Nov 2002–2 Feb 2003
Vacates
Succeeded by
Alpaslan Aguzum
Preceded by
Vacant
WBO Inter-Continental welterweight title
2 Feb 2003–4 Oct 2003
Succeeded by
Sebastian Andres Lujan

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nolia |". Nolia.se. Retrieved 2012-07-15. 
  2. ^ "Paolo Roberto - Boxer". Boxrec.com. Retrieved 2012-07-15. 
  3. ^ "Sportbladet granskar Paolo Roberto och Armand Krajnc inför kvällens titelfight – övertag för mästaren | Boxning | Sportbladet | Aftonbladet". Aftonbladet.se. 2001-11-03. Retrieved 2012-07-15. 
  4. ^ "Armand Krajnc vs. Paolo Roberto - Boxrec Boxing Encyclopaedia". Boxrec.com. Retrieved 2012-07-15. 
  5. ^ "BoxRec Paolo Roberto". BoxRec.com. Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
  6. ^ Id.
  7. ^ "LUJAN WINS WBO BELT AGAINST ROBERTO". Associated Press. Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "Kärleksparen i "Let’s dance" | TV | Nöjesbladet | Aftonbladet". Aftonbladet.se. 2006-01-13. Retrieved 2012-07-15. 
  9. ^ "Paolo vill spela – sig själv | Film | Nöjesbladet | Aftonbladet". Aftonbladet.se. 2007-08-30. Retrieved 2012-07-15. 
  10. ^ Tweet Magnus Persson litteratur@svd.se (2010-09-14). "Recension: Larsson, Stieg - Luftslottet som sprängdes (Övrigt) | Litteratur | SvD" (in Swedish). Svd.se. Retrieved 2012-07-15. 
  11. ^ Interview with Paolo on November 15, 2010, by Marcus Grodi, "The Journey Home Show"

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