Cory Spinks

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Cory Spinks
Cory Spinks 2.jpg
Real name Cory A. Calvin
Nickname(s) The Next Generation
Rated at Middleweight
Light middleweight
Height 5 feet 9.5 inches (1.765 m)
Reach 71 in (180 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1978-02-20) 20 February 1978 (age 36)
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 47
Wins 39
Wins by KO 11
Losses 8
Draws 0
No contests 0

Cory Spinks St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.) is a professional boxer. He is a former IBF Light middleweight champion, and a former Undisputed Welterweight Champion.

Spinks is the son of former heavyweight champion of the world Leon Spinks and the nephew of former light heavyweight and heavyweight world champion Michael Spinks. He is one of three boxing brothers: older brother Leon Calvin was a top St. Louis amateur and 2-0 as a pro when he was murdered in 1990, older brother Darrell Spinks is a retired pro.

He's a southpaw with good skills, handspeed, and mobility. He's known for keeping a busy pace, keeping his opponents off balance, and outworking them. Spinks also has a good amateur background. He won in first major title in March 2003, when he defeated Michele Piccirillo by unanimous decision for the WBC Welterweight Championship.

Early Years & Amateur Career[edit]

Spinks started boxing at the age of 7 for the North Side Bombers boxing team in St. Louis, Missouri. Charles Hamm (the owner and coach for the team) introduced him and his two older brothers to the sport. Hamm trained Cory well into his professional career. His current trainer and former St. Louis policeman Kevin Cunningham, opened a boxing gym in the basement of an old police building, where Hamm took them to train until his retirement. Cunningham was also a former boxer in the Army.

Spinks won the National Police Athletic League (PAL) Jr. championships in 1993. He was hospitalized when he was 17 years old suffering from gunshot wounds to the upper torso. He recovered from his injuries, becoming the 1997 National Golden Gloves champion at 147 pounds, and the 1997 National PAL champion at 147 pounds. In the National PAL finals, Spinks won a 4-1 decision against Dante Craig, who went on to make the 2000 US Olympic team.

Spinks reportedly had 91 amateur bouts (78-13). He fought against Ken.

Undisputed Welterweight Champion[edit]

Spinks went 29-2 in his first 31 contests, only losing to Antonio Díaz (regarded as a controversial decision by some boxing analysts and ringside observers) and Michele Piccirillo, whom he defeated by decision in a re-match.

However, Spinks rose to boxing stardom by unifying the WBC, WBA, IBF, and Ring Magazine welterweight titles on December 13, 2003, when he defeated Ricardo Mayorga by majority decision. Spinks was a 5 to 1 underdog going into the fight with Mayorga. The judges scored the fight 114-112, 117-109, 114-114, favoring Spinks.

Spinks vs. Judah I & II[edit]

Spink' first Welterweight title defense came on April 10, 2004, against former world champion Zab Judah. Spinks controlled the action over the first four rounds. In the later rounds, however, Judah's quick left hands began to find their target. Both men hit the deck late, but all three scorecards favored Spinks, as the champion won with scores of 116-111, 114-112, 114-112.

Spink's second Welterweight defence came when the two fighters met in a February 2005 rematch. The second fight was the first major bout in St. Louis in more than 40 years, and it was a 22,000+ sellout at the Savvis Center in St. Louis, Missouri. Spinks received star treatment during introductions, with rapper Nelly accompanying him into the ring and leading the crowd in a singalong.

Midway through round 9, Judah landed a huge left that hurt Spinks, with a follow-up putting him on the canvas. Spinks rose, but Judah rushed in with a series of hard punches that left Spinks defenseless on the ropes. Judah tried to get the official to step in, but the bout continued until another right-left sent Spinks sprawling into the ropes, where the official finally halted the bout with 11 seconds left, transferring the undisputed Welterweight Championship to Judah.

Junior Middleweight Champion[edit]

On July 8, 2006, Spinks earned his fifth world title, the IBF Junior Middleweight Championship (also called Super Welterweight by some sanctioning bodies), in a fight with reigning champion Roman Karmazin at the Savvis Center. Despite having some rough moments in the bout, Spinks beat Karmazin by majority decision with final scorecards of 114-114, 115-113, and 115-113.

On May 19, 2007, Spinks moved up one weight class to Middleweight with a challenge against World Middleweight Champion Jermain Taylor at the FedEx Forum in Memphis. Taylor held on to the title, defeating Spinks in a split decision.[1]

On March 27, 2008, in a fight with Verno Phillips at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Spinks lost the IBF Junior Middleweight Championship via controversial split decision.

On April 24, 2009, Spinks reclaimed the vacant IBF Junior Middleweight Championship in a close split-decision victory over fellow St. Louis native Deandre Latimore. Spinks fought back after suffering a 1st round knockdown to win by the scores of 115-112 Spinks, 115-112 Latimore and 114-113 Spinks. The fight was held at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.

On August 7, 2010, after a five-month delay due to scheduling conflicts,[2] Spinks lost the IBF Junior Middleweight Championship in a fight with mandatory challenger Cornelius Bundrage at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. The fight was decided by a technical knockout in the fifth round.[3]

On January 28, 2012 Spinks defeated Sechew Powell by unanimous decision to become the #1 and mandatory contender for Bundrage's IBF Junior Middleweight Title, his second consecutive victory since coming back from the loss to Bundrage. The fight took place at The Shrine Mosque in Springfield, MO.

Professional boxing record[edit]

47 Fights, 39 Wins (11 Knockouts), 8 Losses (3 Knockouts), 0 Draws[4]
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Loss 47–8 Mexico Carlos Amado Molina UD 12 2013-02-01 United States UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, California IBF Light Middleweight Eliminator.
Loss 46–7 United States Cornelius Bundrage TKO 7 (12), 2:32 2012-06-30 United States Fantasy Springs, Indio, California For IBF World Light Middleweight title.
Win 45–6 United States Sechew Powell UD 12 2012-01-28 United States The Shrine Mosque, Springfield, Missouri IBF Light Middleweight Final Eliminator.
Win 44–6 United States Shakir Ashanti UD 10 2011-06-25 United States The Family Arena, St. Charles, Missouri
Loss 43–6 United States Cornelius Bundrage TKO 5 (12), 1:28 2010-08-07 United States Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Missouri Lost IBF World Light Middleweight title
Win 42–5 United States Deandre Latimore SD 12 2009-04-24 United States Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Missouri Won vacant IBF World Light Middleweight title
Loss 41–5 United States Verno Phillips SD 12 2008-03-27 United States Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Missouri Lost IBF World Light Middleweight title
Loss 40–4 United States Jermain Taylor SD 12 2007-05-19 United States FedEx Forum, Memphis, Tennessee For WBC & WBO World Middleweight titles
Win 39–3 United States Rodney Jones UD 12 2007-02-03 United States Silver Spurs Arena, Kissimmee, Florida Retained IBF World Light Middleweight title
Win 38–3 Russia Roman Karmazin MD 12 2006-07-08 United States Savvis Center, St. Louis, Missouri Won IBF World Light Middleweight title
Loss 37–3 United States Zab Judah TKO 9 (12), 2:49 2005-02-05 United States Savvis Center, St. Louis, Missouri Lost The Ring, WBC, WBA Super & IBF World Welterweight titles
Win 36–2 Mexico Miguel Ángel González UD 12 2004-09-04 United States Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained The Ring, WBC, WBA Super & IBF World Welterweight titles
Win 35–2 United States Zab Judah UD 12 2004-04-10 United States Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained The Ring, WBC, WBA Super & IBF World Welterweight titles
Win 34–2 Nicaragua Ricardo Mayorga MD 12 2003-12-13 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey Retained IBF and Won The Ring, WBC & WBA Super World Welterweight titles
Win 33–2 Italy Michele Piccirillo UD 12 2003-03-22 Italy Casino di Campione, Campione d'Italia, Lombardia Won IBF World Welterweight title
Win 32–2 Colombia Rafael Pineda TD 7 (12), 3:00 2002-08-23 United States Jai Alai Fronton, Miami, Florida Won vacant WBA Fedelatin Welterweight title
Loss 31–2 Italy Michele Piccirillo UD 12 2002-04-13 Italy Casino di Campione, Campione d'Italia, Lombardia For vacant IBF World Welterweight title


Cory Spinks lives in Miami Beach, Florida with his wife Christy Spinks,daughter Chloe Leona and son Cory Spinks Jr. Cory also has a daughter from his previous marriage named Brianna Calvin that lives in St.Louis, Missouri. Cory has 4 siblings: Steven Calvin, Darrell Calvin, Vicki Calvin, and Leon Calvin (whom died from a tragic shooting in St. Louis, Missouri). Cory's father Leon Spinks and uncle Michael Spinks were the first two brothers to win Olympic gold medals in boxing history.

Spinks' brothers Darrel and Steve are also fighters, and his eldest brother Leon Jr., was also a fighter before his death.


  1. ^ Dan Rafael. "Spinks' style frustrates crowd as Taylor wins by split decision". Retrieved 2009-05-22. 
  2. ^ "Spinks vs Bundrage Postponed". East Side Boxing. Retrieved 2010-06-03. 
  3. ^ Jeremy Rutherford. "Cory Spinks knocked out in fifth, loses IBF junior middleweight title". Retrieved 2010-08-07. 
  4. ^ Cory Spinks's Professional Boxing Record. Retrieved on 2011-09-20.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Michele Piccirillo
IBF Welterweight Champion
March 2, 2003 – February 5, 2005
Succeeded by
Zab Judah
Preceded by
Ricardo Mayorga
WBC Welterweight Champion
WBA Welterweight Super Champion
The Ring Welterweight Champion

December 13, 2003 – February 5, 2005
Title last held by
Lloyd Honeyghan
Undisputed Welterweight Champion
December 13, 2003 – February 5, 2005
Preceded by
Roman Karmazin
IBF Junior Middleweight Champion
July 8, 2006 – March 27, 2008
Succeeded by
Verno Phillips
Title last held by
Verno Phillips
IBF Junior Middleweight Champion
April 24, 2009 – August 7, 2010
Succeeded by
Cornelius Bundrage