Michael Spinks

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'''Cut Man:''' [[Jimmy Glenn]]<br>
 
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*Brother of Heavyweight Champion [[Leon Spinks]] and uncle of Welterweight Champion [[Cory Spinks]].
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Michael Spinks is the brother of [[Leon Spinks]], the uncle of [[Leon Calvin]] and [[Cory Spinks]], and the great-uncle of [[Leon Spinks III]].
*His victory over [[Larry Holmes]] on September 2, 1985 was named [[Ring Magazine Upset of the Year|''The Ring'' Upset of the Year]].
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*[[KO Magazine]] Fighter of the Year for 1985.
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*The first reigning Light Heavyweight Champion to win the Heavyweight Championship.
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*In 2002, ''[[Ring Magazine|The Ring]]'' named Spinks the 3rd [[Division-By-Division - The Greatest Fighters of All-Time|greatest light heavyweight of all-time]].
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==Amateur Highlights==
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==Amateur Career==
[[Image:Michaelspinks.jpg|thumb|Michael Spinks as an amateur]]  
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[[File:SpinksPasiewicz.jpg|thumb|275px|Spinks vs. Ryszard Pasiewicz at the 1976 Olympics]]  
*Compiled a reported amateur record of 93-7 (35 KO)
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*Amateur Record: 93-7 (35 KO)
*Won the 1974 National Golden Gloves Light Middleweight Championship (156 lbs) in Denver Colorado vs. [[Wilber Cameron]].
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*1974 National Golden Gloves Light Middleweight Championship (156 lbs) in Denver, Colorado vs. [[Wilber Cameron]].
*Won the 1976 National Golden Gloves Middleweight Championship (165 lbs) in Miami, Florida vs. [[Lamont Kirkland]].
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*1976 National Golden Gloves Middleweight Championship (165 lbs) in Miami, Florida vs. [[Lamont Kirkland]].
*Won the Middleweight Gold Medal for the United States at the 1976 [[Olympics]] in Montreal, Alberta, Canada. Results were:
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*1976 Middleweight Gold Medalist for the United States at the [[Olympics]] in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.<br>Results:
 
**1st round bye
 
**1st round bye
 
**Defeated [[Jean-Marie Emebe]] (Cameroon) walk-out, boycotted
 
**Defeated [[Jean-Marie Emebe]] (Cameroon) walk-out, boycotted
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==Professional Highlights==
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==Professional Career==
 
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*Defeated [[Eddie Mustafa Muhammad]] by a fifteen-round unanimous decision on July 18, 1981 to win the [[WBA]] Light Heavyweight Championship.
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*Defeated [[WBC]] Light Heavyweight Champion [[Dwight Muhammad Qawi]] by a fifteen-round unanimous decision on March 18, 1983 to become the Undisputed World Light Heavyweight Champion.
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*Defeated [[Larry Holmes]] by a fifteen-round unanimous decision on September 21, 1985 to win the [[IBF]] Heavyweight Championship.
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*Spinks became the first reigning World Light Heavyweight Champion to win the World Heavyweight Championship.
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*His victory over Larry Holmes was named [[Ring Magazine Upset of the Year|''The Ring'' Upset of the Year]].
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*[[KO Magazine Fighter of the Year]] for 1985.
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*Spinks was stripped of the IBF title for choosing to fight [[Gerry Cooney]] instead of [[Tony Tucker]], the #1 IBF contender. [[Don King]] won the right to promote a Spinks-Tucker title fight with a purse bid of $711,000. Spinks was guaranteed $4 million to fight Cooney, whom he knocked out in five rounds.
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*Spinks was the [[World Heavyweight Champion|Lineal World Heavyweight Champion]] from the time he defeated Larry Holmes until his defeat by [[Mike Tyson]] on June 27, 1988.
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*[[The Ring Magazine]] named Spinks the third [[Division-By-Division - The Greatest Fighters of All-Time|greatest light heavyweight of all-time]] in 2002.
  
 
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Revision as of 11:46, 4 May 2013

Michael Spinks
Class of 1994
Modern Category
Hall of Fame bio:click
World Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee

Name: Michael Spinks
Alias: Jinx
Born: 1956-07-13
Birthplace: Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
Nationality: US American
Hometown: Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 6′ 2½″   /   189cm
Reach: 76″   /   193cm
Boxing Record: click

Manager: Butch Lewis
Trainer: Eddie Futch
Cut Man: Jimmy Glenn
Michael Spinks Gallery

Michael Spinks is the brother of Leon Spinks, the uncle of Leon Calvin and Cory Spinks, and the great-uncle of Leon Spinks III.

Amateur Career

Spinks vs. Ryszard Pasiewicz at the 1976 Olympics
  • Amateur Record: 93-7 (35 KO)
  • 1974 National Golden Gloves Light Middleweight Championship (156 lbs) in Denver, Colorado vs. Wilber Cameron.
  • 1976 National Golden Gloves Middleweight Championship (165 lbs) in Miami, Florida vs. Lamont Kirkland.
  • 1976 Middleweight Gold Medalist for the United States at the Olympics in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
    Results:


Preceded by:
Dale Grant
National Golden Gloves Light Middleweight Champion
1974
Succeeded by:
Ray Phillips
Preceded by:
Tom Sullivan
National Golden Gloves Middleweight Champion
1976
Succeeded by:
Keith Brown
Preceded by:
Vyacheslav Lemeshev
Olympic Gold Medalist
Middleweight Champion

1976
Succeeded by:
Jose Gomez


Professional Career


Preceded by:
Eddie Mustafa Muhammad
WBA Light Heavyweight Champion
1981 Jul 18 – 1985 Sep 21
Vacated
Succeeded by:
Marvin Johnson
Preceded by:
Dwight Braxton
WBC Light Heavyweight Champion
1983 Mar 18 – 1985 Sep 21
Vacated
Succeeded by:
JB Williamson
Preceded by:
Inaugural Champion
IBF Light Heavyweight Champion
1984 Feb 25 – 1985 Sep 21
Vacated
Succeeded by:
Slobodan Kacar
Preceded by:
Larry Holmes
IBF Heavyweight Champion
1985 Sep 21 – 1987 Feb 26
Stripped
Succeeded by:
Tony Tucker


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