The all St Louis showdown between Deandre Latimore and Corey Spinks for the vacant IBF Junior Middleweight title will be held in the Gateway City. Steve Smith, the long time promoter of Latimore, says Rumble Time/DiBella Entertainment and Don King Productions have come to terms on an agreement. The final details of a date, venue and a television deal for the fight are being wrapped up. The IBF has ordered the fight between Spinks and Latimore because of former Champion Verno Phillips decision last November to vacate the title to move to a different weight class. Currently the IBF has Spinks ranked as the top contender at #3. Latimore is the #5 contender in the Junior Middleweight division.
The title, St Louis Civil War Showdown, comes from Corey Spinks growing up in north St Louis while Latimore grew up in the south side of town. Smith says Deandre is preparing for this fight like no other fight he has had in his life so that he prove once and for all who is the best fighter in St. Louis. Latimore’s trainer, Kenny Adams, who once trained Spinks, says he looks forward to the challenge of defeating Spinks who was a great champion.
A formal announcement for the late March or early April fight is expected shortly once the final details are worked out.