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Cory Spinks returning home for junior middleweight title defense

Cory Spinks returning home for junior middleweight title defense

The rhetoric was pumped up a bit for Cory Spinks' third hometown fight next month, perhaps to compensate for reduced expectations.
At a news conference on Thursday to promote his IBF junior middleweight title defense on March 27, Spinks asked for a moment of silence and then announced why: To observe the end of opponent Verno Phillips' career.
"I'm going to put it to rest," Spinks added.
The 38-year-old Phillips, 41-11-1 and a former three-time world junior middleweight champion, responded with criticism of Spinks' light-hitting, on-the-run style of boxing.
"I know you don't have a punch, so don't run," Phillips said as promoter Don King yelped in the background for a Spinks response. "Don't run, don't make me chase you."
Spinks, 36-4 with 11 knockouts and a former undisputed world welterweight champion, shot back: "Don't worry about that."
The Spinks name _ his father Leon and uncle Michael are former heavyweight champions _ helped fill the 22,000-seat Scottrade Center for his first St. Louis fight in 2005. Spinks lost that bout on a ninth-round TKO to Zab Judah for the welterweight championship and his next local fight, a decision over Roman Karmazin in 2006 for the junior middleweight title, drew 12,000.
A month before the third fight, organizers anticipated perhaps an even smaller crowd and were selling tickets only in the arena's lower bowl.
Spinks, 30, will be fighting for the first time since May 19, when he lost a split decision to former middleweight champion Jermain Taylor in Memphis, Tennessee.


Updated : 2021-05-14 20:51 GMT+08:00