Cory Spinks

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Cory Spinks
Cory Spinks 2.jpg
Cory Spinks in 2007
Statistics
Real name Cory Calvin
Nickname(s) The Next Generation
Rated at Middleweight
Light middleweight
Welterweight
Height 5 feet 9.5 inches (1.765 m)
Reach 71 in (180 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1978-02-20) February 20, 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 (born February 20, 1978) is an American professional boxer. He is a former IBF Light middleweight champion, and a former Undisputed Welterweight Champion.

Personal life[edit]

Spinks is the son of former world heavyweight champion Leon Spinks and nephew of former world heavyweight and light heavyweight champion Michael Spinks. He has an amateur record of 78-3, and won the National Golden Gloves and National Police Athletic League welterweight titles in 1997.[1]

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.[2]

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,[3] 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.[4]

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]

39 Wins (11 Knockouts), 8 Defeats (3 Knockouts), 0 Draws[5]
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Loss 39–8 Mexico Carlos Amado Molina UD 12 2013-02-01 United States UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, California IBF Light Middleweight Eliminator.
Loss 39–7 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 39–6 United States Sechew Powell UD 12 2012-01-28 United States The Shrine Mosque, Springfield, Missouri IBF Light Middleweight Final Eliminator.
Win 38–6 United States Shakir Ashanti UD 10 2011-06-25 United States The Family Arena, St. Charles, Missouri
Loss 37–6 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 37–5 United States Deandre Latimore SD 12 2009-04-24 United States Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Missouri Won vacant IBF World Light Middleweight title
Loss 36–5 United States Verno Phillips SD 12 2008-03-27 United States Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Missouri Lost IBF World Light Middleweight title
Loss 36–4 United States Jermain Taylor SD 12 2007-05-19 United States FedEx Forum, Memphis, Tennessee For WBC & WBO World Middleweight titles
Win 36–3 United States Rodney Jones UD 12 2007-02-03 United States Silver Spurs Arena, Kissimmee, Florida Retained IBF World Light Middleweight title
Win 35–3 Russia Roman Karmazin MD 12 2006-07-08 United States Savvis Center, St. Louis, Missouri Won IBF World Light Middleweight title
Loss 34–3 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 34–2 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 33–2 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 32–2 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 31–2 Italy Michele Piccirillo UD 12 2003-03-22 Italy Casino di Campione, Campione d'Italia, Lombardia Won IBF World Welterweight title
Win 30–2 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 29–2 Italy Michele Piccirillo UD 12 2002-04-13 Italy Casino di Campione, Campione d'Italia, Lombardia For vacant IBF World Welterweight title

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cory Spinks. boxrec.com
  2. ^ Dan Rafael (May 20, 2007). "Spinks' style frustrates crowd as Taylor wins by split decision". ESPN.com. 
  3. ^ "Spinks vs Bundrage Postponed". East Side Boxing. Retrieved June 3, 2010. 
  4. ^ Jeremy Rutherford (August 7, 2010). "Cory Spinks knocked out in fifth, loses IBF junior middleweight title". stltoday.com. 
  5. ^ Cory Spinks's Professional Boxing Record. BoxRec.com. Retrieved on September 20, 2011.

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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
Vacant
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
Vacant
Title last held by
Verno Phillips
IBF Junior Middleweight Champion
April 24, 2009 – August 7, 2010
Succeeded by
Cornelius Bundrage