Cory Spinks vs. Deandre Latimore

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2009-04-24 : Cory Spinks 152¾ lbs beat Deandre Latimore 153½ lbs by SD in round 12 of 12

Aired On: ShoBox (Main Event)

Notes

  • Cory Spinks 36-5 (11 KOs) vs. Deandre Latimore 19-1 (16 KOs)
  • Spinks came in ranked as the # 4 junior middleweight in the world by The Ring Magazine. Latimore was unranked by the same publication.
  • The fight was held in both Spinks's and Latimore's hometown of St.Louis, Missouri. Of note, however, Latimore was the clear crowd favorite at the beginning as Spinks entered the ring to mostly boos. Spinks, however, won the crowd midway through by coming off the mat early.
  • Spinks, who had not fought since his split-decision loss to Verno Phillips 13 months ago, came in with a record of just 2-3 in his last five bouts dating back to 2005 and having not won in over two years.
  • Showtime had the bout scored even through Round 7 and finally 115-112 for Spinks.

Summary

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Both fighters came out with high intensity and throwing big punches. A straight left hand caught Spinks leaning forward early in the round. At 1:39 a left hook buckled the legs of Spinks and sent him down. He was up quickly and received a mandatory eight-count. By the end of Round 4, a cut had developed on the left eyelid of Spinks. Spinks, in uncharacteristic fashion, fought much of the fight on the inside, smothering the bigger punches of Latimore. Latimore seemed winded by the 5th Round and Spinks was able to slip punches and counter effectively. It seemed as though the first few rounds took a lot out of Latimore as he looked to end the fight early following the opening round knockdown. Spinks's greater work rate likely won him rounds. In Round 9, a cut developed on the left eyelid of Latimore. Latimore came on stronger in Round 10 and likely won the round landing the greater power punches. Following the round, both fighters were clearly bleeding from their left eyes. Latimore went to the mat at :45 of Round 12 from what was ruled a slip by the referee. At the conclusion of the bout, the announcers alluded that the decision could go either way, but they had Spinks as the winner due largely to his greater work rate in the second half of the fight.