Cory Spinks : biography
Cory Spinks St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.) is a professional boxer. He is a former IBF Light middleweight champion, and a former Undisputed Welterweight Champion.
Spinks is the son of former heavyweight champion of the world Leon Spinks and the nephew of former light heavyweight and heavyweight world champion Michael Spinks. He is one of three boxing brothers: older brother Leon Calvin was a top St. Louis amateur and 2-0 as a pro when he was murdered in 1990, older brother Darrell Spinks is a retired pro.
He's a southpaw with good skills, handspeed, and mobility. He's known for keeping a busy pace, keeping his opponents off-balance, and outworking them. Spinks also has a good amateur background. He won in first major title in March 2003, when he defeated Michele Piccirillo by unanimous decision for the WBC Welterweight Championship.
Junior Middleweight Champion
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.
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.
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, 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.
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, MO.
Early Years & Amateur Career
Spinks started boxing at the age of 7 for the North Side Bombers boxing team in St. Louis, Missouri. Charles Hamm (the owner and coach for the team) introduced him and his two older brothers to the sport. Hamm trained Cory well into his professional career. His current trainer and former St. Louis policeman Kevin Cunningham, opened a boxing gym in the basement of an old police building, where Hamm took them to train until his retirement. Cunningham was also a former boxer in the Army.
Spinks won the National Police Athletic League (PAL) Jr. championships in 1993. He was hospitalized when he was 17 years old suffering from gunshot wounds to the upper torso. He recovered from his injuries, becoming the 1997 National Golden Gloves champion at 147 pounds, and the 1997 National PAL champion at 147 pounds. In the National PAL finals, Spinks won a 4-1 decision against Dante Craig, who went on to make the 2000 US Olympic team.
Spinks reportedly had 91 amateur bouts (78-13). He fought against Ken.
Spinks and his wife Christy have a daughter together named Chloe Leona Spinks, named after her grandfather and former heavyweight champion of the world Leon Spinks.Cory also has another daughter named Brianna Calvin. Leon and Michael Spinks were the first two brothers to win Olympic Gold metals in boxing history.The Spinks family is the number one boxing family in the United States.
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