Michael Spinks Record & Stats

Michael Spinks Record & Stats

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In a career spanning 11 years and two months, Michael Spinks fought 32 times with 31 wins and a single loss. By his last professional fight on June 27, 1988, Spinks' boxing record stood at 31-1 (21 KO wins, 1 KO loss).

St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Jul 22, 1956
Apr 16, 1977
21 (65.6%)
185 cm
193 cm
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8 cm
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      Michael Spinks (Jinx) is a retired American professional boxer. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S. on July 22, 1956. Spinks made his professional boxing debut at the age of 20, on April 16, 1977. He is a former two-weight-class world champion. He is 66 years old, and will be turning 67 in one month and 13 days. Spinks is a Hall of Famer.

      Fight Record

      Total Fights32
      KO Wins21
      Total Title Wins6
      Title Defenses13
      Title-Fight KO Wins10
      Losses via KO1
      32Jun 27, 198831Mike TysonLoss *KO1
      31Jun 15, 198730Gerry CooneyWin *TKO5
      30Sep 6, 198630Steffen TangstadWin *TKO4
      29Apr 19, 198629Larry HolmesWin *SD
      28Sep 21, 198529Larry HolmesWin *UD
      27Jun 6, 198528Jim MacDonaldWin *TKO8
      26Feb 23, 198528David SearsWin *TKO3
      25Feb 25, 198427Eddie DavisWin *UD
      24Nov 25, 198327Oscar RivadeneyraWin *TKO10
      23Mar 18, 198326Dwight Muhammad QawiWin *UD
      22Sep 18, 198226Johnny DavisWin *TKO9
      21Jun 12, 198225Jerry CelestineWin *TKO8
      20Apr 11, 198225Murray SutherlandWin *TKO8
      19Feb 13, 198225Mustafa WassajaWin *TKO6
      18Nov 7, 198125Vonzell JohnsonWin *TKO7
      17Jul 18, 198124Eddie Mustafa MuhammadWin *UD
      16Mar 28, 198124Marvin JohnsonWinKO4
      15Jan 24, 198124Willie TaylorWinTKO8
      14Oct 18, 198024Yaqui LopezWinTKO7
      13Aug 2, 198024David ContehWinTKO9
      12May 4, 198023Murray SutherlandWinUD
      11Feb 24, 198023Ramon RanquelloWinTKO6
      10Feb 1, 198023Johnny WilburnWinUD
      9Nov 24, 197923Marc HansWinTKO1
      8Dec 15, 197822Eddie PhillipsWinKO4
      7Feb 15, 197821Tom BetheaWinUD
      6Oct 22, 197721Gary SummerhaysWinUD
      5Sep 13, 197721Ray ElsonWinKO1
      4Aug 23, 197721Jasper BrisbaneWinTKO2
      3Jun 1, 197720Joe BordenWinKO2
      2May 7, 197720Luis RodriguezWinUD
      1Apr 16, 197720Eddie BensonWinTKO1

      * World-title fight

      World Titles

      Spinks was a two-weight-division world champion. He has held six world titles, all six of which were lineal championship wins.

      Weight DivisionWorld Titles Held
      HeavyweightIBF, The Ring
      Light-heavyweightWBA, WBC, IBF, The Ring


      Michael Spinks is 185 cm tall (6' 0.83") with a reach of 193 cm (6' 3.98"). He fights out of the orthodox stance and presents an ape-index of 8 cm (3.15").

      Spinks has a 65.6% KO rate. Of his total 21 KO wins, nine were in the early rounds, nine in the mid rounds, and three in the later rounds. He has three first-round KO wins.

      Career Summary

      Michael Spinks' professional boxing career spanned more than 11 years โ€” from 1977 to 1988.

      Spinks made his professional boxing debut against Eddie Benson at the age of 20 on April 16, 1977, defeating Benson via 1st round TKO. He went on to win 30 more consecutive fights after the debut, which included 20 wins via stoppage.

      Spinks had his first world title fight at the age of 24 on July 18, 1981 after 16 professional fights, against Eddie Mustafa Muhammad for the light-heavyweight WBA title. He defeated Muhammad via 15 round unanimous decision to become the light-heavyweight champion of the world.

      He was a two-time undisputed light-heavyweight world champion, and has won six world titles at two weight classes. For all the details about Spinks' world title wins and defenses refer to "Michael Spinks World Titles".

      Some of Spinks' best fights and notable victories include wins over two Hall-of-Famers (Larry Holmes and Dwight Muhammad Qawi), David Sears, Steffen Tangstad, Jim MacDonald, Oscar Rivadeneyra, and Mustafa Wassaja.

      Spinks had just a single loss in his professional boxing career.

      His last professional fight was for the heavyweight undisputed championship title against fellow American boxer Mike Tyson on June 27, 1988. Spinks lost the fight via 1st round KO, and lost his The Ring title. It's been 34 years, 11 months, and 13 days since this fight.

      Career Highlights

      Spinks fought a total of 32 times during his professional career, which includes 16 world-title fights at two weight divisions โ€” heavyweight and light-heavyweight. He was among the very best of his generation and put on some great performances in his fights. These eight fights are the highlight of his career.

      • July 18, 1981: Spinks wins his first world title by defeating Eddie Mustafa Muhammad via 15 round unanimous decision. He is now the WBA light-heavyweight world champion.

      • March 18, 1983: Spinks becomes the undisputed light-heavyweight world champion by defeating Dwight Muhammad Qawi via 15 round unanimous decision. He now holds the WBA, WBC, and The Ring light-heavyweight world-champion belts.

      • February 25, 1984: Spinks becomes the undisputed light-heavyweight world champion by defeating Eddie Davis via 12 round unanimous decision. He now holds the WBA, WBC, The Ring, and IBF light-heavyweight world-champion belts.

      • February 23, 1985: Spinks successfully defends the WBA, WBC, IBF, and The Ring light-heavyweight titles against David Sears, winning the fight via 3rd round TKO.

      • June 6, 1985: Spinks successfully defends the WBA, WBC, IBF, and The Ring light-heavyweight titles against Jim MacDonald, winning the fight via 8th round TKO.

      • September 21, 1985: Spinks wins the IBF and The Ring heavyweight titles from Larry Holmes, by beating Holmes via 15 round unanimous decision.

      • April 19, 1986: Spinks successfully defends the IBF and The Ring heavyweight titles against Larry Holmes, winning the fight via 15 round split-decision.

      • September 6, 1986: Spinks successfully defends the IBF and The Ring heavyweight titles against Steffen Tangstad, winning the fight via 4th round TKO.


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