posted on Dec, 14 2003 @ 11:14 PM
Associated Press - December 14, 2003
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - A quarter-century after his father shocked everyone by beating Muhammad Ali, Cory Spinks pulled off a nice little upset of
his own Saturday night.
Moving and jabbing and staying away from Ricardo Mayorga's wild punches, Spinks, the son of Leon Spinks, boxed his way to a majority decision over the
heavily favored Mayorga to win the undisputed welterweight title.
With his father yelling encouragement from ringside, the light-hitting Spinks frustrated Mayorga from the opening bell and took advantage of two point
deductions to add Mayorga's WBA and WBC titles to the IBF 147-pound title he brought to the ring.
Judge John Keane had Spinks winning 117-110, while Eugene Grant had him ahead 114-112, and Arthur Ellensen had it 114-114. The Associated Press had
Spinks winning 114-112.
After the decision was announced, Spinks erupted in jubilation and hugged both his father and his uncle, former heavyweight champion Michael Spinks.
Leon Spinks cried in the corner in joy over his son's win.
A disappointed Mayorga, who had called Spinks various names before the fight, then kissed Spinks' hand and put the three belts around his waist.
``He was a man to come up to me and apologize,'' Spinks said. ``I've worked hard all my life. I'm a man, not a boy.''
Mayorga's wild ways didn't help him a bit, costing him two penalty points that gave the fight to Spinks. Without them, it would have been a draw.
``I thought the referee wasn't on my side,'' Mayorga said. ``He didn't have to take those points away from me. I lost because of the referee.''
The loss derailed a planned March 13 fight between 154-pound champion Shane Mosley and Mayorga.
Spinks (32-2), using the perfect gameplan for a boxer against a slugger, weaved and bobbed and stuck his jab in Mayorga's face all night. Mayorga
threw big looping punches, but most often they found nothing but air as Spinks was long gone.
``I just did what I normally do - box,'' Spinks said.
In the fifth round, an increasingly frustrated Mayorga chased Spinks around the ring, then in disgust put his gloves on his hips and dared him to
fight. Later in the round, Mayorga landed a right that was his biggest punch of the fight and Spinks replied by shaking his head at him and urging him
Mayorga (25-4-1) was penalized a point by referee Tony Orlando for hitting after the bell at the end of the fifth round and another point for hitting
and holding in the 11th round.
Mayorga began taunting Spinks at the opening bell, acting as though he was pulling up his trunks and sticking out his chin as the fight began. The
southpaw Spinks had a gameplan, though, and was determined to stick to it.
Soon, Mayorga began getting frustrated by that plan, though he kept swinging wildly in an effort to catch Spinks with a big right hand.
Spinks won the IBF portion of the title in March when he went to Italy to beat Michele Piccirillo. But he had never fought the likes of the
chain-smoking, wild-swinging Mayorga and had only 11 knockouts in his career.
``I've been hit hard before. I've been hit hard all my life,'' Spinks said. ``I wasn't worried about that.''
It was the first time one fighter has held all three major 147-pound titles since Lloyd Honeyghan gave up his WBA title in 1986 in a protest over
In other fights:
- John Ruiz won a unanimous decision in an ugly fight with Hasim Rahman for what was billed as the WBA interim heavyweight title. Ruiz would become
champion if Roy Jones Jr. doesn't give him a rematch within four months.
- Zab Judah wasted little time in continuing his comeback, stopping Jaime Rangel with a big left hand at 1:12 of the first round of their 140-pound