Michael Spinks

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Michael Spinks (born July 13, 1956) is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1977 to 1988.wikipedia
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Light heavyweight

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He held world championships in two weight classes, including the undisputed light heavyweight title from 1983 to 1985, and the lineal heavyweight title from 1985 to 1988.
The light-heavyweight class has produced some of boxing's greatest champions: Bernard Hopkins (who, upon becoming champion, broke the record for oldest man to win a world title), Tommy Loughran, Billy Conn, Joey Maxim, Archie Moore, Michael Moorer, Bob Foster, Ann Wolfe, Michael Spinks, Dariusz Michalczewski, Roy Jones, Jr., Joe Calzaghe and Zsolt Erdei.

Mike Tyson vs. Michael Spinks

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In his final fight, Spinks was knocked out by Mike Tyson in 91 seconds, the only defeat of his professional career.
Mike Tyson vs. Michael Spinks was a boxing match which took place on Monday June 27, 1988.

Cory Spinks

Nicknamed "Jinx", which spawned the nickname of his straight right hand, "The Spinks Jinx", Spinks is the brother of former world heavyweight champion Leon Spinks, and uncle of Cory Spinks, a former welterweight and light middleweight champion.
Spinks is the son of former world heavyweight champion Leon Spinks and nephew of former world heavyweight and light heavyweight champion Michael Spinks.

1976 Summer Olympics

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As an amateur he won a gold medal in the middleweight division at the 1976 Summer Olympics.

Mike Tyson

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In his final fight, Spinks was knocked out by Mike Tyson in 91 seconds, the only defeat of his professional career.
Tyson became the lineal champion in 1988 when he knocked out Michael Spinks in 91 seconds of the first round.

Leon Spinks

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Nicknamed "Jinx", which spawned the nickname of his straight right hand, "The Spinks Jinx", Spinks is the brother of former world heavyweight champion Leon Spinks, and uncle of Cory Spinks, a former welterweight and light middleweight champion.
The first was bronze at the inaugural 1974 World Championships, followed by silver at the 1975 Pan American Games, and gold at the 1976 Summer Olympics; the latter alongside his brother Michael Spinks, who won middleweight gold.

Lineal championship

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He held world championships in two weight classes, including the undisputed light heavyweight title from 1983 to 1985, and the lineal heavyweight title from 1985 to 1988.
One example given by Cliff Rold of BoxingScene is the light heavyweight title, considered vacant from the time Michael Spinks moved up to heavyweight in 1985 until some time in the 1990s.

International Boxing Hall of Fame

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Spinks has been inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame and the World Boxing Hall of Fame.

Eddie Mustafa Muhammad

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After a successful amateur career, which culminated in his Olympic gold medal win, Spinks went undefeated in his first 31 professional fights, beating Dwight Muhammad Qawi, Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, Marvin Johnson and Eddie Davis en route to becoming the undisputed light heavyweight champion.
Later in 1981 he would lose his title as well in a defense against Michael Spinks via unanimous decision.

Larry Holmes

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After 10 successful title defenses, Spinks moved up to heavyweight, and as an underdog defeated long-reigning IBF heavyweight champion Larry Holmes; in doing so, Spinks became the first reigning light heavyweight world champion to win the heavyweight title. In 1985, Spinks beat David Sears and Jim McDonald, both by knockout, in title defenses, before challenging Larry Holmes for the IBF and lineal heavyweight championship.
Holmes won his first 48 professional bouts, including victories over Norton, Ali, Earnie Shavers, Mike Weaver, Gerry Cooney, Tim Witherspoon, Carl Williams and Marvis Frazier, and falling one short of matching Rocky Marciano's career record of 49–0 when he lost to Michael Spinks in 1985.

Dwight Muhammad Qawi

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After a successful amateur career, which culminated in his Olympic gold medal win, Spinks went undefeated in his first 31 professional fights, beating Dwight Muhammad Qawi, Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, Marvin Johnson and Eddie Davis en route to becoming the undisputed light heavyweight champion.
On March 18, 1983, he lost a close but unanimous decision to WBA champion Michael Spinks in a unification bout.

Eddie Davis (boxer)

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After a successful amateur career, which culminated in his Olympic gold medal win, Spinks went undefeated in his first 31 professional fights, beating Dwight Muhammad Qawi, Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, Marvin Johnson and Eddie Davis en route to becoming the undisputed light heavyweight champion.
Subsequently, he fought twice more for the world title, but lost to the undefeated Michael Spinks in 1984, on points, and later to Don Lalonde, by knockout.

Marvin Johnson (boxer)

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After a successful amateur career, which culminated in his Olympic gold medal win, Spinks went undefeated in his first 31 professional fights, beating Dwight Muhammad Qawi, Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, Marvin Johnson and Eddie Davis en route to becoming the undisputed light heavyweight champion.
Things looked bleak when Johnson fought the up-and-coming Michael Spinks in early 1981—just before Spinks dethroned Johnson's latest conqueror, Mustafa Muhammad.

List of lineal boxing world champions

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In 1985, Spinks beat David Sears and Jim McDonald, both by knockout, in title defenses, before challenging Larry Holmes for the IBF and lineal heavyweight championship.

Steffen Tangstad

After that, he retained the world heavyweight championship once again, by a knockout in four against Steffen Tangstad.
Tangstad fought Michael Spinks for the IBF Heavyweight title on 6 September 1986, losing as a result of a fourth round knock out.

Rufat Riskiyev

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He went on to defeat the Soviet Union's Rufat Riskiyev in the final.
In the final he was defeated by United States youngster Michael Spinks, after the referee had to stop the contest in the third round.

The Ring magazine Upset of the Year

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His controversial victory over Holmes was named Ring Magazine Upset of the Year.

Michael Spinks vs. Dwight Muhammad Qawi

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Michael Spinks vs. Dwight Muhammad Qawi, billed as "The Brawl for it All", was a professional boxing match contested on March 18, 1983 for the Undisputed Light Heavyweight Championship.

Heavyweight unification series

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In 1986, Spinks and Holmes fought a rematch as part of the heavyweight unification series, and had nearly the same result, this time Spinks winning by a 15-round split decision.
The series would also include WBC champion Pinklon Thomas, IBF champion Michael Spinks, and top contenders from each of the three sanctioning bodies' rankings.

List of The Ring world champions

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A controversy described by Cliff Rold of BoxingScene.com is for example, the "world" light-heavyweight title was considered vacant from the time Michael Spinks went up to heavyweight in 1985 until 1996.

Butch Lewis

It was Butch Lewis in 1977 who convinced Michael to turn professional.
He is best known for having managed the careers of boxing brothers Leon and Michael Spinks.

Gerry Cooney

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In 1987 he was stripped of the crown by the IBF for refusing to fight their mandatory challenger, Tony Tucker, and accepting a higher offer to fight Gerry Cooney instead.
Cooney was far past his prime when he made an ill-advised comeback against former world heavyweight and world light heavyweight champion Michael Spinks.

Murray Sutherland

The following year he took on WBA Light Heavyweight Title holder Michael Spinks but lost via TKO in the seventh round.

Ezzard Charles

The Ring Magazine in 2002 ranked Spinks as the third greatest light-heavyweight of all time, behind Ezzard Charles and Archie Moore, but ahead of Tommy Loughran, Bob Foster, Harold Johnson, Maxie Rosenbloom and Billy Conn.
In 2009, Boxing magazine listed Ezzard Charles as the greatest Light Heavyweight fighter ever, ahead of the likes of Archie Moore, Bob Foster, Michael Spinks and Gene Tunney.