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Former two-division world champion Cory “The Next Generation” Spinks (37-5, 11 KOs) won a twelve round split decision over Deandre “The Bull” Latimore (19-2, 16 KOs) to win both 154lb bragging rights for St. Louis, Missouri as well as the vacant IBF jr middleweight championship on Friday night at the Scottrade Center. Spinks came out aggressively, but was dropped by Latimore in round one. After Latimore had success in early rounds, the cream rose to the top as the much more experienced Spinks outboxed Latimore in the middle rounds. Both fighters were cut and tired late in the fight but Spinks did more to win by scores of 115-112, 114-113 on two cards. Latimore was up 115-112 on the third card. Cory Spinks: “I’m back and I’m ready for anybody. I won back the world title at junior middleweight. I was a little rusty but I shook it off.” (Regarding being knocked down in the first round) “I thought it was mostly a slip in the first round, I thought I tripped just like the referee ruling Deandre’s knockdown a slip in the 12th round. I knew I had to perform in the last round and I did. I’m a master at this and I went out like a dog and got it.” Deandre Latimore: “I’m a little upset. I dropped him in the first round. That decision should have been mine. The scorecard had it 114-113 (for Spinks). I should have had that edge. I cut him and he cut me, what can I say? He got the decision.” (On his first-round knockdown of Spinks) “I caught him with a hook. He leaned in and I got him with some good shots and he went down. I played my hand right and I thought I should have won. I dropped him. ”
WBC #1 super lightweight Devon Alexander “The Great” (18-0, 11 KOs) scored a workmanlike ninth round KO over Jesus “Chuy” Rodriguez (19-4, 5 KOs). Alexander finally dropped Rodriguez in round eight and finished him with an uppercut in the ninth as “Chuy” went to a knee and stayed down. Time was :58. Devon Alexander: “Rodriguez was good. He gave me good work. He’s a rugged, awkward fighter. I’m ready for anybody at 140 pounds. I can and will get better. I’m the WBC super lightweight mandatory challenger. Now I’m ready for my first world championship appearance.” Jesus Rodriguez: “I got caught with a good shot (in the ninth round) and I just couldn’t see anymore. Devon was just too fast for me tonight.”
Heavyweight DaVarryl Williamson (26-5, 22 KOs) extended his career with an impressive technical knockout over Carl “Iron Fist” Davis (14-3, 11 KOs). Davis gave a game challenge, but Williamson sent him to the mat with a sweeping shot in the fourth round. Davis took a knee early in the fifth before being dismissed later in the round after being floored with a picture-perfect right that caused the referee to halt the bout. Time was 2:52.
In a surprise, heavyweights Bermane “B-Ware” Stiverne (17-1, 16 KOs) and Charles Davis (17-17-2, 4 KOs) batted to a six round majority draw. Scores were 57-57 twice and 58-56 for Stiverne.
Heavyweight Mark “The Dominator” De Mori (15-1-2, 13 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO over Jason Barnett (10-10, 4 KOs). The bout was stopped at the 1:30 mark. Mark de Mori: “It was a perfect fight for me because it gave me some rounds and my opponent wasn’t a pushover. In the end, the body shots I threw would have knocked down a horse. I had five knockdowns in the fight and they were all from body shots.”
Tonight’s Don King Productions-promoted card at Scottrade Center in St. Louis kicked off with two upsets:
Kahramon Arzykulov, an Uzbekistani who was previously 15-2 with 8 knockouts, lost a unanimous decision to the previously unheralded Robert DaLuz, a New Englander now fighting out of Jacksonville, Fla. “Look at who I’ve lost to,” DaLuz said in the locker room after his fight. “I’ve fought some real guys at heavier weights. I fought at bantamweight tonight and felt great. I can fight at this weight, no problem.” One judge scored it 78-74, while the remaining to judges were in agreement at 77-75. DaLuz improved his record to 12-17 (9 KOs).
In the second bout of the evening, Michagander Harvey “Candyman” Jolly entered with a losing record (8-10-1, 4 KOs), and was 18 pounds lighter than his heavily favored Nicaraguan opponent, Evans Quinn, who came into the match at 18-2, with 16 KOs.
Jolly knocked Quinn through the ropes and onto the canvas in round four and continued the assault in round five. The six-rounder went to the scorecards where Jolly won a split decision with two judges favoring him 58-55 while the remaining judge had Quinn winning by a point, 57-56.
SHOWTIME subscribers can see the final two bouts of the evening live at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) when Cory Spinks faces Deandre Latimore for the vacant IBF junior middleweight championship and 140-pounders Devon Alexander and Jesus Rodriguez meet in the co-feature scheduled for 10 rounds.