Michael Spinks Hands Larry Holmes Second Consecutive Loss – April 19, 1986 (This Day In Boxing History)
Not many boxers were able to beat Larry Holmes, and not many were able to beat him twice.
But that wasn’t the case for Michael Spinks. Spinks edged Holmes by split decision, retaining his IBF heavyweight title in a rematch.
Spinks’ win marked the second straight win against Holmes, who previously went undefeated in his first 48 fights.
Holmes had built up a big lead early in the fight, but was later worn down as Spinks took advantage of it.
By round five, Spinks, who was running around early on, was now able to get his jab going and his left hook that backed Holmes up often.
In the 15th and final round, Spinks let his hands go to help seal the win.
“I think I won the fight more convincingly this time,” Holmes told reporters after the fight.
“How many times do I continue to have to prove myself?”