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|Real name||Paolo Antonio Roberto|
3 February 1969 |
|Wins by KO||13|
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.
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.
Roberto then moved up in weight to challenge fellow countryman Armand Krajnc 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.
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. He never fought professionally again.
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.
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.
Professional boxing record
|Professional record breakdown|
|33 matches||28 wins||4 losses|
|Loss||28 – 4 – 1||Sebastián Andrés Luján||KO||Baltic Hall, Mariehamn, Finland||4 October 2003||2||1:22||Mariehamn, Finland||Loses WBO Inter-Continental welterweight title.|
|Win||28 – 3 – 1||Wayne Martell||TKO (cuts)||Kisahalli, Helsinki, Finland||2 February 2003||10||1:52||Helsinki, Finland||Wins WBO Inter-Continental welterweight title.|
|Win||27 – 3 – 1||Raul Eduardo Bejarano||UD||Finland||16 November 2002||12||3:00||Helsinki, Finland||Wins WBC International welterweight title.|
|Win||26 – 3 – 1||David Sarraille||TKO||Denmark, Odense Congress Center||30 August 2002||2||2:02||Odense, Denmark|
|Win||25 – 3 – 1||Gyorgy Bugyik||TKO||Gubbio, Umbria, Italy||6 June 2002||2||1:59||Gubbio, Italy|
|Win||24 – 3 – 1||Ron Pasek||KO||Cirkusbygningen, Copenhagen, Denmark||6 April 2002||3||2:45||Copenhagen, Denmark||Return to welterweight division.|
|Loss||23 – 3 – 1||Armand Krajnc||UD||Hansehalle, Luebeck, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany||13 November 2001||12||3:00||Luebeck, Germany||For WBO middleweight title.|
|Win||23 – 2 – 1||Luiz Augusto Dos Santos||MD||Kisstadion, Budapest, Hungary||6 June 2001||8||3:00||Budapest, Hungary|
|Win||22 – 2 -1||Edwin Murillo||KO||Estrel Convention Center, Neukoelln, Berlin, Germany||10 October 2000||1||0:50||Berlin, Germany|
|Win||21 – 2 – 1||Anthony Ivory||UD||FTC Stadium, Budapest, Hungary||28 August 2000||8||3:00||Budapest, Hungary|
|Win||20 – 2 – 1||Henry Hughes||TKO||Preussag Arena, Hannover, Niedersachsen, Germany||4 June 2000||2||1:51||Hannover, Germany|
|Loss||19 – 2 – 1||Javier Castillejo||TKO||Pabellon Europa, Leganes, Comunidad de Madrid, Spain||19 September 1999||7||1:47||Madrid, Spain||For WBC light middleweight title.|
|Win||19 – 1 – 1||Stefan Dimitrov||TKO||Plaza de Toros La Cubierta, Leganes, Comunidad de Madrid, Spain||14 April 1999||6||0:32||Madrid, Spain|
|Win||18 – 1 – 1||Jesus Mayorga||UD||Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||13 February 1999||8||3:00||Las Vegas, USA|
|Win||17 – 1 – 1||David Baptiste||TKO||Everton Park Sports Centre, Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom||19 December 1998||6||2:51||Liverpool, United Kingdom|
|Win||16 – 1 – 1||Djemal Mehmedov||TKO||York, Yorkshire, United Kingdom||26 September 1998||4||2:48||York, United Kingdom|
|Win||15 – 1 – 1||Armando Briganti||SD||Pesaro, Marche, Italy||29 May 1998||8||3:00||Pesaro, Italy|
|Win||14 – 1 – 1||Darryl Ruffin||UD||Ballys Park Place Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||28 February 1998||8||3:00||New Jersey, USA|
|Win||13 – 1 – 1||Darren Covill||PTS||Lee Valley Leisure Centre, Picketts Lock, London, United Kingdom||31 January 1998||6||3:00||London, United Kingdom|
|Win||12 – 1 – 1||Viktor Fesechko||PTS||Alexandra Pavilion, Muswell Hill, London, United Kingdom||14 October 1997||8||3:00||London, United Kingdom|
|Win||11 – 1 – 1||Danny Quacoe||PTS||San Gennaro Vesuviano, Campania, Italy||9 August 1997||8||3:00||San Gennaro Vesuviano, Italy|
|Win||10 – 1 – 1||Steve Goodwin||PTS||Kelvin Hall, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom||5 July 1997||6||3:00||Glasgow, United Kingdom|
|Win||9 – 1 – 1||Paul King||PTS||Brondby hallen, Copenhagen, Denmark||24 January 1997||6||3:00||Copenhagen, Denmark|
|Win||8 – 1 – 1||Habib Ben Salah||TKO||Le Caire, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, France||19 September 1996||5||2:02||Le Caire, France|
|Win||7 – 1 – 1||Josef Presinsky||UD||Walsleben, Brandenburg, Germany||16 June 1996||6||3:00||Brandenburg, Germany|
|Win||6 – 1 – 1||Carl Winstone||PTS||Elephant & Castle Centre, Southwark, London, United Kingdom||29 November 1995||4||3:00||London, United Kingdom|
|Win||5 – 1 – 1||Ernie Loveridge||PTS||Town Hall, Battersea, London, United Kingdom||21 September 1995||4||3:00||London, United Kingdom|
|Loss||4 – 1 – 1||Dusty Miller||TKO||York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom||27 April 1995||2||2:28||London, United Kingdom|
|Draw||4 – 0 – 1||John Duckworth||PTS||Piccadilly, London, United Kingdom||7 November 1994||6||3:00||London, United Kingdom|
|Win||4–0||Roy Dehara||KO||York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom||29 September 1994||1||2:00||London, United Kingdom|
|Win||3–0||John Hughes||TKO||Tooting, London, United Kingdom||2 June 1994||1||0:21||London, United Kingdom|
|Win||2–0||Zoltan Dano||PTS||Budapest, Hungary||27 February 1994||4||3:00||Budapest, Hungary|
|Win||1–0||Laszlo Molnar||TKO||Turku, Finland||18 December 1993||2||1:21||Turku, Finland||Boxing debut for Roberto.|
Minor Titles held
|WBC International welterweight title
16 November 2002 – 2 February 2003
|WBO Inter-Continental welterweight title
2 February 2003 – 4 October 2003
Sebastián Andrés Luján
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- Interview with Paolo on November 15, 2010, by Marcus Grodi, "The Journey Home Show"