- NAME: Michael Spinks
- OCCUPATION: Boxer
- BIRTH DATE: July 13, 1956 (Age: 57)
- Did You Know?: In 1976 in Montreal, Michael Spinks and his brother, Leon, became the first brothers in Olympic history to both win gold medals at the same Summer Games.
- Did You Know?: In 1985, Michael Spinks became the first light-heavyweight champion to also win the heavyweight title.
- PLACE OF BIRTH: St. Louis, Missouri
- Full Name: Michael Spinks
- Nickname: Jinx
- Nickname: Spinks Jinx
- ZODIAC SIGN: Cancer
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In 1985, Hall of Fame boxer Michael Spinks became the first light-heavyweight champion to also win the heavyweight title.
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At the time, Holmes was 48-0 and just one win shy of tying Rocky Marciano's undefeated record. Seven months later Spinks validated the title win with a second defeat of Holmes.
After losing his title in 1987, Spinks stepped into the ring against undefeated and undisputed heavyweight champ, Mike Tyson, in 1988. Spinks suffered a punishing loss,
getting knocked out just 91 seconds into the contest. It was Spinks's first and only professional defeat. Immediately following the bout, Spinks announced his retirement.
Spinks finished his career with a 31-1 record, with 21 knockout victories. In 1994 he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
In 1983, Spinks suffered a terrible loss when his wife, Sandy Massey, was killed in an automobile accident. The couple had one daughter together. She is Spinks's only child.
In an interview with Sports Illustrated not long after his wife's death, Spinks assessed his life and what he had weathered. "I don't know what an average person goes through in a lifetime, but I've been through a lot up to now—and I have lived life as cautiously as I possibly can. My life hasn't been a bowl of cherries."
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