2003-12-13 Cory Spinks w pts 12 Ricardo Mayorga, Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA - IBF/WBA/WBC/The Ring

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2003-12-13 Cory Spinks w pts 12 Ricardo Mayorga, Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA - IBF/WBA/WBC/The Ring. Referee: Earl Morton. Scorecards: 117-110, 114-112, 114-114. Fighting to unify three titles, Spinks (146) eventually won the majority verdict but, in so doing, he had to rely on Mayorga (146) being deducted two points, for hitting after the bell in the fifth and holding behind the head in the 11th. Spinks, who was too slippery and by the far the better stylist of the pair, had to contend with wild rushes from Mayorga throughout, but he stuck to his boxing and was often able to bang in countering blows before moving on. According to Mayorga, Spinks should have been counted on at least three times and he certainly had a legitimate case in the last round when the latter was dropped by a right to the body. Unfortunately for the Nicaraguan, because his style was not always conducive to the rules the officials saw it as being more of a push than a punch. The Ring magazine’s championship belt changed hands on the result.