1986-04-19 Michael Spinks w pts 15 Larry Holmes, Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - IBF
1986-04-19 Michael Spinks w pts 15 Larry Holmes, Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - IBF. Referee: Mills Lane. Scorecards: 144-141, 144-142, 141-144. Defending his title against the man he won it from, Spinks (205) just about got home in a gruelling affair that saw the champion landing the greater number of blows while Holmes (223) was responsible for the heavier shots and almost had his man over on at least three occasions. Holmes had made the better start, hurting his man badly in the second, but by the fifth Spinks was coming more and more into it, scoring well with stiff jabs and rights. Almost over from a tremendous right to the head in the ninth, Spinks again boxed his way back from the brink and in the 14th he nearly hit the floor again as Holmes measured him with the right. With both men putting in a strong finish it was Spinks’ better work that had him winning the last round on all three judges’ scorecards and with it the decision. Following the fight it was claimed that Holmes had broken his right thumb in the third, but no excuses were given.