Paolo Roberto

Paolo Roberto (born 3 February 1969) is a Swedish ex-boxer, actor, and former TV host of partial Italian descent.

Paolo Roberto
Paolo Roberto in August 2013.jpg
Real namePaolo Antonio Roberto
Born (1969-02-03) 3 February 1969 (age 53)
Stockholm, Sweden
Boxing record
Total fights33
Wins by KO13
No contests0

Boxing careerEdit

Roberto was born in Upplands Väsby, Stockholms län. He 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]

Roberto 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.[2] He never fought professionally again.[2]

All of Roberto's boxing matches took place outside of Sweden, including his championship fights, which were held in Åland, because pro boxing has been banned in Sweden since 1969.[5]

Outside boxingEdit

He was a participant in the first season of Let's Dance, the Swedish version of Dancing with the Stars.[6]

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. Roberto and Arrelöv divorced in 2012. 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.[7][8]

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.[9]


In 2017, Roberto was criticized in the press for allegedly making sexist jokes on social media, one in connection with metoo.[10] After criticism from, among others, Gudrun Schyman, Roberto defended himself with the fact that it was a joke and the truly terrible are sexually abusive acts.[11]

In May 2020, he was arrested on suspicion of buying sex from a young woman from another European country. The strike was made in an apartment in central Stockholm in a police operation. Roberto confirmed the sex purchase during a tv interview. In connection with this, he was dismissed from his program manager assignments on TV4 and dropped by the company representing his selling of Italian Food range Paolos.[12][13][14]

Professional boxing recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
33 matches 28 wins 4 losses
By knockout 13 3
By decision 15 1
Draws 1
Result Record Opponent Method Stadium Date Round Time Location Notes
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
Loss 23–3–1   Armand Krajnc UD Hansehalle, Lübeck, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany 13 November 2001 12 3:00   Lübeck, 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, Neukölln, 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   Jesús 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, England 19 December 1998 6 2:51   Liverpool, England
Win 16–1–1   Djemal Mehmedov TKO York, Yorkshire, England 26 September 1998 4 2:48   York, England
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, England 31 January 1998 6 3:00   London, England
Win 12–1–1   Viktor Fesechko PTS Alexandra Pavilion, Muswell Hill, London, England 14 October 1997 8 3:00   London, England
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 5 July 1997 6 3:00   Glasgow, Scotland
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 Winston PTS Elephant & Castle Centre, Southwark, London, England 29 November 1995 4 3:00   London, England
Win 5–1–1   Ernie Loveridge PTS Town Hall, Battersea, London, England 21 September 1995 4 3:00   London, England
Loss 4 – 1 – 1   Dusty Miller TKO York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England 27 April 1995 2 2:28   London, England
Draw 4–0–1   John Duckworth PTS Piccadilly, London, England 7 November 1994 6 3:00   London, England
Win 4–0   Roy Dehara KO York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England 29 September 1994 1 2:00   London, England
Win 3–0   John Hughes TKO Tooting, London, England 2 June 1994 1 0:21   London, England
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

Minor titles heldEdit

Preceded by WBC International welterweight title
16 November 2002 – 2 February 2003
Succeeded by
Preceded by WBO Inter-Continental welterweight title
2 February 2003 – 4 October 2003
Succeeded by


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