News broke recently that the former heavyweight champion of the world Leon Spinks passed away on February 5th after battling prostate and other cancers.
Spinks had a decorated amateur career winning a bronze medal at the inaugural World Championships in 1974, followed by a silver the following year at the Pan American Games, culminating in an Olympic
gold medal at the 1976 games in Canada.
In 1977, Spinks then turned professional and his first fight was against Bob Smith winning by knockout in the fifth round, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Spinks was on his way, and was destined for a bright future.
"I just didn't know that being a heavyweight champion meant so much"
After a record of six wins and one draw, Spinks was given a title opportunity against "The Greatest" Muhammad Ali, in a fight in which the champion lost by split decision and Spinks won both the WBC and WBA heavyweight titles. He was the first and only man to beat Ali, while Ali was a champion with his other losses being when Ali was the challenger or non title fights.
February 15, 1978: Leon Spinks defeats Muhammad Ali in a classic, heavyweight upset, Spinks’ 8th pro fight.
He was later stripped of the WBC title for refusing to fight Ken Norton and choosing to fight Ali once more for his WBA title, in a bout which Ali won by unanimous decision.
This was the pinnacle of his career, but he did challenge for a world title again 1981 but lost to Larry Holmes by knockout in the third round.
Spinks' last fight, was in December 1995, and his career record ended with 26 wins, 17 losses and 3 draws.
Spinks slurred his words after his active boxing days, and was diagnosed in 2012 with shrinkage in his brain, which doctors said was likely caused by the accumulated punches that he took during his career. Spinks was hospitalized twice in 2014 in a Las Vegas hospital for surgery due to abdominal problems, from which he recovered.
In 2019, it was revealed that Spinks was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer, and subsequently passed away at the age of 67.
He will always be remembered for the surprising victory over Ali, and shocking the world.
Following Deontay Wilder's latest claim that Fury had something the "size and shape of an egg weight" in his gloves, this video showing Wilder's team watching Fury have his hands wrapped just before their February rematch.
IntuBoxing's Bryan Connolly describes today's weigh-in for Matchroom Boxing's final 'Fight Camp' event this Saturday, which includes a WBC title eliminator between Dillian Whyte and Alexander Povetkin and a highly anticipated rematch between Katie Taylor and Delfine Persoon.
WATCHING THE IBF International super welterweight belt change hands over the weekend made Troy Williamson even hungrier for success and the Trojan says he would be happy to dine out on both the winner and loser.
TV reality star Idris Virgo claims his destined superstardom shall come from cracking lips in the boxing ring rather than kissing them!
Says: 'My appearance should certainly boost the ratings. The ladies love to lust over my sweaty body!’
Birmingham love ace features on the undercard of Shakan Pitters v Chad Sugden’s British Light-Heavyweight title clash, exclusively live on Channel 5.
CHRIS BOURKE ENTERS into his first title encounter at the BT Studio on July 25 against the also unbeaten Ramez Mahmood, but is also happy to set his sights a little higher and contemplate a challenge to British and Commonwealth super bantamweight king Brad Foster.
“Well good afternoon everyone. Thank you for turning out today on this beautiful Welsh afternoon. It’s a pleasure to be back, it really is. I think anytime that you return to a city that loves their boxing and is pleased to see you, it’s always nice. We see it in Newcastle, April 4th, fans now really embracing that city as a regular stop on the Sky Sports calendar and I think there’s no reason why Cardiff can’t do the same.
UK fight fans can look forward to watching the conclusion of another World Boxing Super Series tournament after the WBSS partnered with Matchroom Boxing and Sky Sports to exclusively broadcast the massive Mairis Briedis vs Yuniel Dorticos Ali Trophy showdown later this month.
Filip Hrgovi? (10-0, 8 KOs) will face Jerry Forrest (26-3, 20 KOs) on April 17 at the MGM National Harbor in Maryland as the fast rising Heavyweight star looks to continue his climb up the World rankings with a victory over the hard-hitting Louisianan, live on DAZN in the US and RTL in Croatia.
"What a fight! Dillian Whyte against Alexander Povetkin for the WBC Interim World Heavyweight Championship live and exclusive on Sky Sports Box Office. The response to this fight in the last 24 hours has been incredible and we'll talk more about the fight and of course the importance of the Heavyweight division right now which will always be the flag bearer for the professional code. Three months ago, all of the belts with the PBC in America, now of course all of those belts in Britain with Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua.
Josh Taylor defends his unified IBF, WBA and Ring Magazine belts in a homecoming occasion at the Hydro in Glasgow on May 2 against the unbeaten Thai ApinunKhongsong.
Taylor and the undercard fighters gathered today in Glasgow to preview the huge show, live on BT Sport, and below are a selection of the quotes.
WBO No.2 ranked contender Zach Parker (18-0, 12 KOs) came face to face with No.1 ranked Rohan Murdock (24-1, 17 KOs) for the first time at today’s press conference ahead of their super middleweight clash on Saturday March 7th at the Manchester Arena, live on Sky Sports and DAZN.
THE EAGERLY ANTICIPATED 'Seek and Destroy' showdown between Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce at the o2 Arena on April 11 now has a blockbuster chief support in place with Anthony Yarde set to take on the unbeaten Lyndon Arthur.
Zach Parker has his sights set on Super Middleweight supremacy as the undefeated former British Champion looks to earn his first World Title shot when he takes on Australia’s Rohan Murdock this Saturday, March 7th at the Manchester Arena, live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the US.
Berlanga to highlight Shakur Stevenson-Miguel Marriaga undercard from Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden
Berlanga, John Bauza-Romain Tomas and the rest of the undercard will stream live on ESPN+ starting at 7 p.m. ET.
Lasisi-Jimenez super flyweight battle tops #MTKFightNight card from Dubai Friday starting at 11 a.m. ET
Dignum-Meli middleweight clash headlines #MTKFightNight Brentwood, England card Saturday beginning at 3 p.m. ET
Andrew ‘The Beast’ Tabiti is ready for a comeback and believes Mairis Briedis will take home the Muhammad Ali Trophy in the WBSS cruiserweight final against IBF champion Yuniel Dorticos on March 21 at the Arena Riga.
UNIFIED WORLD SUPER lightweight champion Josh Taylor will fight in Glasgow again, at the SSE Hydro, for his mandatory defence of his IBF title against the unbeaten Thai Apinun Khongsong on Saturday May 2, live on BT Sport.
Craig Richards forced to withdraw from title fight against Shakan Pitters due to viral infection
Newark warrior steps up to face Birmingham rival for the Vacant title in Midlands derby thriller, LIVE on free-to-air Channel 5
THE ALREADY HUGE heavyweight showdown between Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce at the o2 Arena on April 11 - live on BT Sport Box Office - has just got bigger with news that the vacant European title will also be on the line.
WBC Heavyweight World Champion Wilder & Lineal Champion Fury Square Off Before Highly Anticipated Rematch This Saturday, February 22 Headlining Historic Mega PPV Event Live from the
MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas
Parker and Rohan Murdock, the No.1 and No.2 ranked Super-Middleweights with the WBO, will clash at Manchester Arena on Saturday March 7, live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the US, with the winner eyeing a shot a reigning World Champion Billy Joe Saunders.
Kane Baker and Liam Davies put in solid displays on Friday as they warmed-up for their upcoming English Title tilts.
The pair were joined by a host of local talent on BCB Promotions’ first show of the year – St. Valentine’s Day Massacre – at Walsall Football Club.
The ‘KO King’ Vincent Feigenbutz (31-2, 28 KOs) and his opponent Caleb Plant (19-0, 11 KOs) both comfortably made weight on Friday afternoon ahead of their IBF Super Middleweight World title fight this Saturday night at the 20,000 seater Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, USA.
(Feb. 13, 2020) — Heavyweight contender Oscar “Kaboom” Rivas, the Colombian-born, Canadian-based puncher on the precipice of a world title shot, has inked a multi-fight promotional agreement with Top Rank. Rivas, who is co-promoted by Groupe Yvon Michel, will return on an ESPN platform in 2020.
ONE WEEK after his titanic battle with Joe Joyce was officially announced, Daniel Dubois has sought to dismiss his opponents past accomplishments and again insisted that their fight on April 11 at London's O2 Arena will be the last of Juggernaut’s career.
Zach Parker and Rohan Murdock, the No.1 and No.2 ranked Super-Middleweights with the WBO, will clash at Manchester Arena on Saturday March 7, live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the US, with the winner eyeing a shot a reigning World Champion Billy Joe Saunders.
Crayford super-featherweight hotshot clashes with tough Frenchman on 25th April at National Sports Centre, Crystal Palace, LIVE in the UK on Channel 5
Hennessy Sports’ new signing Isaac Chamberlain features on the action-packed show
The ‘KO King’ Vincent Feigenbutz (31-2, 28 KOs) came face to face with Caleb Plant (19-0, 11 KOs) for the first time at Thursday’s press conference ahead of their IBF Super Middleweight World title fight this Saturday night at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.
24-year-old German contender Vincent Feigenbutz (31-2, 28 KOs) holds no fear about facing Caleb Plant (19-0, 11 KOs) as he prepares to challenge the undefeated American this Saturday night for the IBF Super Middleweight World title at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.
"I am very proud and very happy to welcome the No.1 Featherweight in the world back to Matchroom, Sky Sports and DAZN. It’s funny how life works out, it was a conversation I had with Steve Wood and I asked him, “When’s Warrington out of contract again?”, and it all went from there.
Signs long term promotional deal with Mick Hennessy and will be seen live on Channel 5
‘Chambo’ finally returns to action on two show in a month as he fires up career and puts cruiserweight division on notice
With his opponent now confirmed, Stoke favourite Nathan Heaney, is set to fill another arena ahead of his forthcoming IBO Continental Title fight.
The 30-year-old will fight on home soil at King’s Hall next month for the vacant IBO title and has already sold an impressive 750 tickets as his fellow “Stokies” flock to back his corner.
"It’s a pleasure to be back in Newcastle and it’s fair to say that you guys here today and especially the man to my right have revolutionised the boxing scene here. It’s going to be nearly two years when we return on April 4 since Lewis’ first big fight there against Paul Hyland and we witnessed a great performance from him that night.
Katharina Thanderz says she wants to fight Terri Harper next having witnessed the British boxer dethrone Eva Wahlstrom for the WBC Female World Super Featherweight title on Saturday in Sheffield, England.
AVANESYAN AND KELLY MEET IN GRUDGE MATCH AT THE O2
'PBK' faces toughest test of his career on March 28
David Avanesyan will defend his EBU European Welterweight Title against undefeated rising star Josh Kelly in a bitter grudge match at The O2 in London on Saturday March 28,
Vincent Feigenbutz (31-2, 28 KOs) hosted a press conference today in his home city of Karlsruhe ahead of flying out to Nashville, Tennessee, where he will challenge Caleb Plant (19-0, 11 KOs) for the IBF Super Middleweight World title at the Bridgestone Arena on February 15th.
Following a blockbuster year for Croatian heavyweight sensation Filip Hrgovi? (10-0, 8 KOs) and German teenage prodigy Sophie Alisch (5-0, 1 KO) both have been nominated for the WBC’s ‘Prospect of the Year’ Award for 2019.
Former Heavyweight Champion Charles Martin Battles Former Title Challenger Gerald Washington in Title Eliminator in Co-Main Event
Junior Featherweight World Champion Emanuel Navarrete Defends His Title Against the Philippines’ Jeo Santisima in PPV Featured Bout
Super Welterweight Sensation Sebastian Fundora Opens PPV in Battle Against 2016 Australian Olympian Daniel Lewis
Saturday, February 22 in Historic Mega PPV Event from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas
German boxing star Abass Baraou (8-0, 5 KOs) and his opponent Abraham Juarez (16-4, 6 KOs) have both made weight ahead of their super welterweight showdown tomorrow at the Work Your Champ Arena in Hamburg, Germany.
Abass Baraou (8-0, 5 KOs) went head to head with Mexico’s Abraham ‘Pitbull’ Juarez (16-4, 6 KOs) for the first time at today’s press conference ahead of their show topping fight on Saturday January 25th at the Work Your Champ Arena in Hamburg, Germany.
VERONA, N.Y. (Jan. 10, 2020) — Puerto Rican superstar Felix “El Diamante” Verdejo, inching closer to a lightweight world title shot, will see action on a special Top Rank on ESPN show Saturday, Jan. 18 from Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y.
Mikey Garcia and Jessie Vargas met face-to-face in at Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas ahead of their Welterweight showdown at the venue on Saturday February 29, live on DAZN in the US and on Sky Sports in the UK – and tickets go on sale at 10am (CST) today.
Latvia’s Mairis Briedis (26-1, 19 KOs) and Cuba’s Yuniel Dorticos (24-1, 22 KOs) clash for the Ali Trophy in the cruiserweight edition of the World Boxing Super Series on March 21, 2020, at the Arena Riga in Riga, Latvia.
Boxing has long been considered the sweet science so it is only fitting that the latest pugilist to enter the arena to represent his home town of Birmingham runs a dessert shop when he’s not in the ring.
DANIEL DUBOIS AND his opponent at the Copper Box Arena, Kyotaro Fujimoto, went face-to-face for the first time at the BT studios in Stratford ahead of the bumper ‘The Fight Before Christmas’ show on Saturday night, live on BT Sport 1, with the WBC Silver and WBO International heavyweight titles at stake.
NEW YORK (December 16, 2019) – Today, Roc Nation Sports announced that Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker will take on new opponent, Uriel “Bombardero” Perez (19-4, 17 KOs), in his December 20th matchup in Phoenix, Ariz. Maurice’s previously announced opponent, Pedro “Roca” Campa (31-1, 21 KOs), withdrew from the fight due to an eye injury acquired while sparring.
Frank Smith, CEO of Matchroom Boxing:
"Thank you everyone for joining us here in London ahead of Thursday night's huge JD NXTGEN show at York Hall. It has been an unbelievable year and what better way to finish, this and Friday night in Phoenix, Arizona. We start with the JD NXTGEN card with this whole host of talent.
It was announced today that Queensberry Promotions and long term sponsors Kindred Group, whose brands include 32Red and Unibet, are launching a new fight week series for selected Queensberry Promotions Fight Nights.
Undefeated Middleweight star Demetrius Andrade (28-0, 17 KOs) will defend his WBO World Middleweight Championship against contender Luke Keeler (17-2-1, 5 KOs) at Meridian at Island Gardens in Miami on Thursday January 30, live on DAZN in the US and Sky Sports in the UK.
Crawford to defend WBO welterweight title LIVE on ESPN against Egidijus "Mean Machine" Kavaliauskas Saturday evening (9 p.m. ET) from Madison Square Garden
Richard Commey to defend lightweight crown against unbeatean sensation Teofimo Lopez
Irish sensation Michael Conlan seeks Olympic revenge against Vladimir Nikitin
NEW YORK CITY (Dec. 10, 2019) — Pound-for-pound king and WBO welterweight world champion Terence "Bud" Crawford returns to Madison Square Garden Saturday evening (9 p.m. ET, ESPN) as the headliner for the card of the year, a three-headed monster that will follow the Heisman Trophy ceremony.
In the biggest Heavyweight fight of the decade, Anthony Joshua OBE (23-1, 21 KOs) recaptured his position as the unified World Heavyweight Champion with a masterful unanimous decision victory over Andy Ruiz Jr (33-2, 22 KOs) in a rematch that captured the world’s attention.
Filip Hrgovi? (10-0, 8 KOs) announced himself on the world stage with a sensational three round demolition of two-time World title challenger Eric Molina (27-6, 19 KOs) to retain his WBC International Heavyweight title at the Diriyah Arena in Saudi Arabia.
Filip Hrgovi? (9-0, 7 KOs) has arrived in Saudi Arabia ahead of his WBC International Heavyweight Title clash with Eric Molina (27-5, 19 KOs) on Saturday night at the Diriyah Arena on the undercard of the huge rematch between Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua for the IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO World Titles.
In less than a week Saudi Arabia will host what is regarded as one of the biggest sporting events to ever be staged in the Middle East, the highly-anticipated Heavyweight World Championship fight dubbed ‘Clash on the Dunes’ presented by Public Investment Fund (PIF).
LIAM WILLIAMS WILL fight in a shootout to determine No.1 spot in the WBO world middleweight rankings against the American Alantez Fox at the Copper Box Arena on ‘The Fight Before Christmas' card on December 21.
Alexander Besputin took three scores of 116-112 to land the vacant WBA Welterweight World Title against fellow Russian Radzhab Butaev at the Casino de Monte-Carlo earlier this evening, live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the US.
"It’s unbelievable that a year has passed since our last tournament here in Monte-Carlo and it really is a privilege to keep returning here to this incredible place. How often do you get to experience boxing in a place of such beauty, this is something completely different.
NEW YORK (November 26, 2019) – Roc Nation Sports’ Chinese heavyweight star Zhang “Big Bang” Zhilei (20-0, 16 KOs) will enter the ring for the biggest fight of his career on Nov. 30 at the Casino de Monte-Carlo in Monaco, where he will battle Ukraine’s Andriy Rudenko (32-4, 20 KOs). The cant-miss fight is presented by Matchroom Boxing in association with Roc Nation Sports, and will be broadcast on Sky Sports in the U.K. and DAZN in the U.S.
An iconic fight needs a spectacular venue and few can compare to the Diriyah Arena in Saudi Arabia which is now ready for a historic night as the Clash On The Dunes sees World Champion Andy Ruiz Jr take on Anthony Joshua.