Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) – Michael Spinks will be inducted into the inaugural class of the Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame during the weekend of May 26-28th in Atlantic City, and the boxer nicknamed “Jinx” couldn’t be happier to be part of this illustrious class.
A member of the IBHOF, Spinks was a rare fighter, who went undefeated fighting during the deepest era in light heavyweight history.
A highly decorated amateur, Spinks compiled a staggering amateur record of 93-7 with 35 knockouts.
He won the 1974 light middleweight National Golden Gloves Championship, and two years later won the 1976 middleweight Nation Golden Gloves Championship in Miami, Florida.
He was part of arguably the greatest U.S. Olympic Boxing team every assembled, as he captured the middleweight Gold Medal at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, Canada. An accomplishment that he was proud to share with his entire team.
“Oh man, it meant a lot to be a part of that group,” Spinks said exclusively to “Double Jab” Podcast.
“Winning tournaments and winning Golden Gloves and so many fond memories, especially with my brother Leon and to be on the same team with him, I always wanted us to do well in front of our fans and it was real nice.”
He turned pro in 1977 and reeled off 31 straight wins to start his career.
In 1985, Spinks became the first light-heavyweight champion since 1908 to win the heavyweight title when he won a very controversial 15-round unanimous decision over Larry Holmes, as the two squared off for the then IBF and lineal heavyweight championship.
At the time the famed Ring Magazine dubbed it “The Upset of the Year”.
His only blemish on his record would occur in what would eventually turn out to be the last fight of his brilliant career – a first round KO at the hands of Mike Tyson, who would claim the WBC/WBA/IBF and Ring Magazine Heavyweight Titles — with one vicious right hand.
The 21-year-old Tyson dropped Spinks twice — the only time he would get floored in his career – the second ending their 1988 affair at the Convention Hall, in Atlantic City, NJ, just 91 seconds into the opening round.
However, Spinks never allowed that moment to define his career and even showed a sense of humor when reminiscing about fighting in AC
“I try to not remember the fight with Mike Tyson,” he said with a chuckle. “But I did have some great fights, and remember all the fights I had down in Atlantic City vividly.”
Spinks ended his career with a 31-1 mark with 21 knockouts and his title fights in Atlantic City against Dwight Muhammad Qawi, Johnny Davis , Jerry Celestine and Eddie Davis are just a few many will be talking about come induction weekend.
“Its an honor to be inducted into the Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame, I have many fond memories of Atlantic City,” he concluded.
For full interview with Spinks click here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zP_HJmaQSP8
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