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

Cory Spinks
Cory Spinks 2.jpg
Spinks in 2007
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Nickname(s)The Next Generation
Weight(s)
Height5 ft 9 12 in (177 cm)
Reach71 in (180 cm)
NationalityAmerican
BornCory Calvin
(1978-02-20) February 20, 1978 (age 41)
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
StanceSouthpaw
Boxing record
Total fights47
Wins39
Wins by KO11
Losses8

Early life and amateur careerEdit

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 careerEdit

Undisputed welterweight championEdit

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, IIEdit

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 championEdit

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 challengeEdit

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 titleEdit

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 recordEdit

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   Carlos Molina UD 12 Feb 1, 2013   UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
46 Loss 39–7   Cornelius Bundrage TKO 7 (12), 2:32 Jun 30, 2012   Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California, U.S. For IBF junior middleweight title
45 Win 39–6   Sechew Powell UD 12 Jan 28, 2012   Abou Ben Adhem Shrine Mosque, Springfield, Missouri, U.S.
44 Win 38–6   Shakir Ashanti UD 10 Jun 25, 2011   Family Arena, St. Charles, Missouri, U.S.
43 Loss 37–6   Cornelius Bundrage TKO 5 (12), 1:28 Aug 7, 2010   Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S. Lost IBF junior middleweight title
42 Win 37–5   Deandre Latimore SD 12 Apr 24, 2009   Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S. Won vacant IBF junior middleweight title
41 Loss 36–5   Verno Phillips SD 12 Mar 27, 2008   Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S. Lost IBF junior middleweight title
40 Loss 36–4   Jermain Taylor SD 12 May 19, 2007   FedEx Forum, Memphis, Tennessee, U.S. For WBC, WBO, The Ring, and lineal middleweight titles
39 Win 36–3   Rodney Jones UD 12 Feb 3, 2007   Silver Spurs Arena, Kissimmee, Florida, U.S. Retained IBF junior middleweight title
38 Win 35–3   Roman Karmazin MD 12 Jul 8, 2006   Savvis Center, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S. Won IBF junior middleweight title
37 Loss 34–3   Zab Judah TKO 9 (12), 2:49 Feb 5, 2005   Savvis Center, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S. Lost WBA (Undisputed), WBC, IBF, The Ring, and lineal welterweight titles
36 Win 34–2   Miguel Ángel González UD 12 Sep 4, 2004   Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBA (Undisputed), WBC, IBF, and The Ring, and lineal welterweight titles
35 Win 33–2   Zab Judah UD 12 Apr 10, 2004   Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBA (Super), WBC, IBF, The Ring, and lineal welterweight titles
34 Win 32–2   Ricardo Mayorga MD 12 Dec 13, 2003   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   Michele Piccirillo UD 12 Mar 22, 2003   Casinò, Campione d'Italia, Italy Won IBF welterweight title
32 Win 30–2   Rafael Pineda TD 7 (12), 3:00 Aug 23, 2002   Jai-Alai Fronton, Miami, Florida, U.S. Won vacant WBA Fedelatin welterweight title;
Split TD after Spinks was cut from accidental head clash
31 Loss 29–2   Michele Piccirillo UD 12 Apr 13, 2002   Casinò, Campione d'Italia, Italy For vacant IBF welterweight title
30 Win 29–1   Charles Ward UD 8 Dec 6, 2001   Adam's Mark Hotel, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
29 Win 28–1   Larry Marks UD 12 Aug 17, 2001   DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois, U.S. Won vacant USBA welterweight title
28 Win 27–1   Leonard Townsend TD 4 (10), 2:18 Mar 23, 2001   Sportscenter, Owensboro, Kentucky, U.S.
27 Win 26–1   Dennis Allen TKO 2 (10), 2:17 Feb 23, 2001   Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas, U.S.
26 Win 25–1   Luis Vazquez UD 10 Dec 15, 2000   Alliant Energy Center, Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.
25 Win 24–1   Edgar Ruiz UD 10 Nov 17, 2000   Peppermill, Reno, Nevada, U.S.
24 Win 23–1   Jorge Vaca TKO 7 (12), 1:35 Sep 17, 2000   Harrah's, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S. Won vacant WBONABO welterweight title
23 Win 22–1   Ken Manuel TKO 3 (6), 2:00 Jan 18, 2000   The Ambassador, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
22 Win 21–1   Sammy Sparkman UD 8 Nov 26, 1999   New Orleans Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
21 Win 20–1   Verdell Smith UD 10 Jul 12, 1999   Harrah's, North Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
20 Win 19–1   Rodolfo Gomez UD 8 Jun 11, 1999   Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.
19 Win 18–1   Mark Hammon KO 9 (12), 1:33 May 17, 1999   Harrah's, North Kansas City, Missouri, U.S. Won vacant IBA Continental light welterweight title
18 Win 17–1   Teddy Worth UD 6 Apr 22, 1999   Adam's Mark Hotel, Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.
17 Win 16–1   Ken Manuel TKO 2 (6), 1:20 Apr 3, 1999   Civic Arena, St. Joseph, Missouri, U.S.
16 Win 15–1   John Stewart KO 1 (6), 1:20 Mar 11, 1999   Heart Banquet Center, St. Charles, Missouri, U.S.
15 Win 14–1   Larry Kenney DQ 6 (6), 1:45 Mar 2, 1999   The Ambassador, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
14 Loss 13–1   Antonio Díaz SD 12 Dec 12, 1998   Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California, U.S. For IBA light welterweight title
13 Win 13–0   Mike Cooley KO 1 (6), 1:55 Oct 6, 1998   The Ambassador, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
12 Win 12–0   Ken Durham TKO 4 (6) Oct 1, 1998   Harrah's, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
11 Win 11–0   Javier Guadalupe Suazo UD 6 Sep 18, 1998   Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
10 Win 10–0   Clifton Woods KO 3 (6), 1:42 Aug 4, 1998   The Ambassador, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
9 Win 9–0   Abraham Bruno UD 6 Jun 14, 1998   Etess Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
8 Win 8–0   Reggie Strickland UD 4 Jun 2, 1998   The Ambassador, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
7 Win 7–0   Juan Antonio Gonzalez UD 4 May 16, 1998   Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California, U.S.
6 Win 6–0   Andre Hawthorne UD 4 Apr 7, 1998   The Ambassador, Jennings, Missouri, U.S.
5 Win 5–0   Carlos Horacio Nevarez UD 4 Mar 19, 1998   Thornton, Colorado, U.S.
4 Win 4–0   Lamont Buchanan KO 1 (4), 2:18 Feb 3, 1998   The Ambassador, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
3 Win 3–0   Jim Williams TKO 2 (4), 1:34 Jan 23, 1998   Grand Casino, Tunica, Mississippi, U.S.
2 Win 2–0   David Turner UD 4 Dec 2, 1997   The Ambassador, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
1 Win 1–0   Hector Leguillow UD 4 Nov 21, 1997   Station Casino, Kansas City, Missouri, U.S. Professional debut

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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
as Super champion
WBA welterweight champion
Undisputed title

December 13, 2003 – February 5, 2005
Super title until May 2004
Preceded by
Ricardo Mayorga
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