1981-06-12 Larry Holmes w rsc 3 (15) Leon Spinks, Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan, USA - WBC
1981-06-12 Larry Holmes w rsc 3 (15) Leon Spinks, Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan, USA - WBC. Referee: Richard Steele. Holmes assumed the ascendancy right from the opening bell and was soon planting the left jab into the challenger’s face. It was only when the bell was rung by mistake 20 seconds from the end of the second round and Holmes stopped fighting that Spinks was able to take advantage. Still angry, Holmes came out for the third on the offensive and began to rock Spinks with both hands, eventually putting the latter down with a left hook followed by a solid right to the head. Although Spinks was up on his feet well before the mandatory count was completed he seemed to have lost his bearings and with Holmes picking his punches without return, the referee stopped the contest on the 2.34 mark after the challenger’s corner threw the towel in.