Cory Spinks

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Cory Spinks
Cory Spinks 2.jpg
Spinks in 2007
Statistics
Nickname(s) The Next Generation
Rated at
Height 5 ft 9 12 in (177 cm)
Reach 71 in (180 cm)
Nationality American
Born Cory Calvin
(1978-02-20) February 20, 1978 (age 39)
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 47
Wins 39
Wins by KO 11
Losses 8

Cory Spinks (born Cory Calvin; February 20, 1978) is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1997 to 2013. He is a three-time, two-weight world champion, having held the undisputed welterweight title from 2003 to 2005, and the IBF junior middleweight title twice between 2006 and 2010. Additionally, he challenged for the lineal middleweight title in 2007.

Early life and amateur career[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]

Professional career[edit]

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 The Ring and lineal welterweight titles on December 13, 2003, when he defeated Ricardo Mayorga by majority decision.[2] 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.

IBF 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.

Unified middleweight title challenge[edit]

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.[3]

Losing and regaining the IBF title[edit]

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,[4] 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.[5]

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, Missouri.

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
47 fights 39 wins 8 losses
By knockout 11 3
By decision 27 5
By disqualification 1 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
47 Loss 39–8 Mexico Carlos Molina UD 12 Feb 1, 2013 United States UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
46 Loss 39–7 United States Cornelius Bundrage TKO 7 (12), 2:32 Jun 30, 2012 United States Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California, U.S. For IBF junior middleweight title
45 Win 39–6 United States Sechew Powell UD 12 Jan 28, 2012 United States Abou Ben Adhem Shrine Mosque, Springfield, Missouri, U.S.
44 Win 38–6 United States Shakir Ashanti UD 10 Jun 25, 2011 United States Family Arena, St. Charles, Missouri, U.S.
43 Loss 37–6 United States Cornelius Bundrage TKO 5 (12), 1:28 Aug 7, 2010 United States Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S. Lost IBF junior middleweight title
42 Win 37–5 United States Deandre Latimore SD 12 Apr 24, 2009 United States Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S. Won vacant IBF junior middleweight title
41 Loss 36–5 United States Verno Phillips SD 12 Mar 27, 2008 United States Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S. Lost IBF junior middleweight title
40 Loss 36–4 United States Jermain Taylor SD 12 May 19, 2007 United States FedEx Forum, Memphis, Tennessee, U.S. For WBC, WBO, The Ring, and lineal middleweight titles
39 Win 36–3 United States Rodney Jones UD 12 Feb 3, 2007 United States Silver Spurs Arena, Kissimmee, Florida, U.S. Retained IBF junior middleweight title
38 Win 35–3 Russia Roman Karmazin MD 12 Jul 8, 2006 United States Savvis Center, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S. Won IBF junior middleweight title
37 Loss 34–3 United States Zab Judah TKO 9 (12), 2:49 Feb 5, 2005 United States Savvis Center, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S. Lost WBA (Super), WBC, IBF, The Ring, and lineal welterweight titles
36 Win 34–2 Mexico Miguel Ángel González UD 12 Sep 4, 2004 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBA (Super), WBC, IBF, and The Ring, and lineal welterweight titles
35 Win 33–2 United States Zab Judah UD 12 Apr 10, 2004 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBA (Super), WBC, IBF, The Ring, and lineal welterweight titles
34 Win 32–2 Nicaragua Ricardo Mayorga MD 12 Dec 13, 2003 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. Retained IBF welterweight title;
Won WBA (Super), WBC, The Ring, and lineal welterweight titles
33 Win 31–2 Italy Michele Piccirillo UD 12 Mar 22, 2003 Italy Casinò, Campione d'Italia, Italy Won IBF welterweight title
32 Win 30–2 Colombia Rafael Pineda TD 7 (12), 3:00 Aug 23, 2002 United States Jai-Alai Fronton, Miami, Florida, U.S. Won vacant WBA Fedelatin welterweight title;
Split TD after Spinks sustained a cut from accidental head clash
31 Loss 29–2 Italy Michele Piccirillo UD 12 Apr 13, 2002 Italy Casinò, Campione d'Italia, Italy For vacant IBF welterweight title
30 Win 29–1 United States Charles Ward UD 8 Dec 6, 2001 United States Adam's Mark Hotel, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
29 Win 28–1 United States Larry Marks UD 12 Aug 17, 2001 United States DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois, U.S. Won vacant USBA welterweight title
28 Win 27–1 United States Leonard Townsend TD 4 (10), 2:18 Mar 23, 2001 United States Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas, U.S.
27 Win 26–1 United States Dennis Allen TKO 2 (10), 2:17 Feb 23, 2001 United States Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas, U.S.
26 Win 25–1 Mexico Luis Vazquez UD 10 Dec 15, 2000 United States Alliant Energy Center, Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.
25 Win 24–1 Mexico Edgar Ruiz UD 10 Nov 17, 2000 United States Peppermill, Reno, Nevada, U.S.
24 Win 23–1 Mexico Jorge Vaca TKO 7 (12), 1:35 Sep 17, 2000 United States Harrah's, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S. Won vacant WBONABO welterweight title
23 Win 22–1 United States Ken Manuel TKO 3 (6), 2:00 Jan 18, 2000 United States The Ambassador, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
22 Win 21–1 United States Sammy Sparkman UD 8 Nov 26, 1999 United States New Orleans Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
21 Win 20–1 United States Verdell Smith UD 10 Jul 12, 1999 United States Harrah's, North Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
20 Win 19–1 Mexico Rodolfo Gomez UD 8 Jun 11, 1999 United States Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.
19 Win 18–1 United States Mark Hammon KO 9 (12), 1:33 May 17, 1999 United States Harrah's, North Kansas City, Missouri, U.S. Won vacant IBA Continental light welterweight title
18 Win 17–1 Canada Teddy Worth UD 6 Apr 22, 1999 United States Adam's Mark Hotel, Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.
17 Win 16–1 United States Ken Manuel TKO 2 (6), 1:20 Apr 3, 1999 United States Civic Center, St. Joseph, Missouri, U.S.
16 Win 15–1 United States John Stewart KO 1 (6), 1:20 Mar 11, 1999 United States Heart Banquet Center, St. Charles, Missouri, U.S.
15 Win 14–1 United States Larry Kenney DQ 6 (6), 1:45 Mar 2, 1999 United States The Ambassador, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
14 Loss 13–1 Mexico Antonio Díaz SD 12 Dec 12, 1998 United States Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California, U.S. For IBA light welterweight title
13 Win 13–0 United States Mike Cooley KO 1 (6), 1:55 Oct 6, 1998 United States The Ambassador, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
12 Win 12–0 United States Ken Durham TKO 4 (6) Oct 1, 1998 United States Harrah's, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
11 Win 11–0 United States Javier Guadalupe Suazo UD 6 Sep 18, 1998 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
10 Win 10–0 United States Clifton Woods KO 3 (6), 1:42 Aug 4, 1998 United States The Ambassador, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
9 Win 9–0 Puerto Rico Abraham Bruno UD 6 Jun 14, 1998 United States Etess Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
8 Win 8–0 United States Reggie Strickland UD 4 Jun 2, 1998 United States The Ambassador, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
7 Win 7–0 Mexico Juan Antonio Gonzalez UD 4 May 16, 1998 United States Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California, U.S.
6 Win 6–0 United States Andre Hawthorne UD 4 Apr 7, 1998 United States The Ambassador, Jennings, Missouri, U.S.
5 Win 5–0 United States Carlos Horacio Nevarez UD 4 Mar 19, 1998 United States Thornton, Colorado, U.S.
4 Win 4–0 United States Lamont Buchanan KO 1 (4), 2:18 Feb 3, 1998 United States The Ambassador, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
3 Win 3–0 United States Jim Williams TKO 2 (4), 1:34 Jan 23, 1998 United States Grand Casino, Tunica, Mississippi, U.S.
2 Win 2–0 United States David Turner UD 4 Dec 2, 1997 United States The Ambassador, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
1 Win 1–0 United States Hector Leguillow UD 4 Nov 21, 1997 United States Station Casino, Kansas City, Missouri, U.S. Professional debut

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cory Spinks. boxrec.com
  2. ^ "The Lineal Welterweight Champs". The Cyber Boxing Zone Encyclopedia. 
  3. ^ Dan Rafael (May 20, 2007). "Spinks' style frustrates crowd as Taylor wins by split decision". ESPN.com. 
  4. ^ "Spinks vs Bundrage Postponed". East Side Boxing. Retrieved June 3, 2010. 
  5. ^ Jeremy Rutherford (August 7, 2010). "Cory Spinks knocked out in fifth, loses IBF junior middleweight title". stltoday.com. 

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Sporting positions
Amateur boxing titles
Previous:
Brandon Mitchell
U.S. Golden Gloves welterweight champion
1997
Next:
Anthony Hanshaw
Regional boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Antonio Margarito
WBONABO welterweight champion
September 17, 2000 – August 2001
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
José Celaya
Vacant
Title last held by
Raul Frank
USBA welterweight champion
August 17, 2001 – April 13, 2002
Lost bid for IBF title
Vacant
Title next held by
Ishe Smith
Vacant
Title last held by
Juan Carlos Sanchez
WBA Fedelatin welterweight champion
August 23, 2002 – March 2003
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Walter Javier Crucce
World boxing titles
Preceded by
Michele Piccirillo
IBF welterweight champion
March 22, 2003 – February 5, 2005
Succeeded by
Zab Judah
Preceded by
Ricardo Mayorga
WBA welterweight champion
Super title

December 13, 2003 – February 5, 2005
WBC welterweight champion
December 13, 2003 – February 5, 2005
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
Ricardo Mayorga
Lineal 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