1985-09-21 Michael Spinks w pts 15 Larry Holmes, Riviera Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - IBF
1985-09-21 Michael Spinks w pts 15 Larry Holmes, Riviera Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - IBF. Referee: Carlos Padilla. Scorecards: 143-142, 143-142, 145-142. Having his 49th contest and looking to equal Rocky Marciano’s record of consecutive wins, Holmes (221½) not only lost his unbeaten record but also lost his title to the former Olympic middleweight champion, Spinks (200). Still holding three versions of the light heavyweight title, Spinks boxed intelligently, slipping and ducking away from punches before coming back with two-fisted attacks that kept Holmes guessing all night. Coming into the 15th round it was still extremely tight, both men being level on the cards, but taking the bull by the horns and landing lefts and rights throughout the session Spinks was given the win over an extremely disappointed Holmes. After the fight, Holmes, his eyes badly swollen, stated that he had found Spinks too slippery to catch with the right but would be better prepared next time.