Michael Spinks

American boxer

Michael Spinks (born on July 13, 1956) is a retired American boxer. He was the light heavyweight and heavyweight champion of the world.

Michael Spinks (1987)

Spinks was a member of the 1976 United States Olympics team and won a gold medal in the boxing competition. He became a professional boxer in 1977 and won the light heavyweight championship in 1981.[1] In 1985 he fought heavyweight champion Larry Holmes and beat him for the title. It was the first time a light heavyweight champion had become heavyweight champion. He beat Holmes again in a rematch and defended his title another two times before losing to Mike Tyson in 1988. He never fought again.

Michael Spinks is the brother of heavyweight champion Leon Spinks.


  1. "Michael Spinks". BoxRec.com. Archived from the original on 2013-10-04. Retrieved 2012-07-21.

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Preceded by
Eddie Mustapha Muhammad
Light Heavyweight boxing champion
Jul 18, 1981–Sept 21, 1985
Succeeded by
Marvin Johnson
Preceded by
Larry Holmes
Heavyweight boxing champion
Sept 21, 1985–Jun 27, 1988
Succeeded by
Mike Tyson