By Brian Grammer
Leon “The Third Generation” Spinks III is jumping into the family business this Friday when he makes his professional debut on the Rumble Time Promotions “March Mayhem” card at the Ameristar Casino and Spa in St. Charles, Missouri. Spinks, the grandson of former world heavyweight champion and Muhammad Ali conqueror Leon Spinks, had a successful amateur career and is now ready to take the headgear and t-shirt off to wage war as a pro. “Excited” is how Spinks described his mood going into Friday and that it is “All or nothing!”
“Rumble Time is excited to showcase the pro debut of Leon ‘The Third Generation’ Spinks III” said promoter Steve Smith. “St. Louis has had been proud to have world champions such as Leon and Michael Spinks, then Cory Spinks and now ‘The Third Generation’ goes for superstardom as the young Leon Spinks III steps into the ring this Friday!”
The 24-year old Spinks has an amateur record of 57-3, 5 KOs which includes winning the Golden Glove championship at 132 pounds plus two jr welterweight championship belts. Spinks plans to initially campaign as a jr welterweight although he may move down to lightweight.
The undercard of “March Mayhem” will showcase many of the St. Louis area’s top talent including heavyweight Jacob Chavez (2-3, 1 KO), welterweight Chris Rapa (4-0, 3 KOs), cruiserweight Ian Warren (1-0, 1 KO) and super bantamweight Stephon Young (2-0, 1 KO).
The 23-year old Young, in his third fight as a pro, just missed making the 2012 U.S. Olympic boxing team. Young was ranked as high as number 2 in the United States in the 114 lb division. Now as a pro, he has put on weight and muscle to come up to the super bantamweight division.
Doors open at 6p and the first bell is at 7:30p. Tickets for “March Mayhem” start at $35 and are still available at the Ameristar Casino gift shop, Tickets.com, or by calling Rumble Time Promotions at 314-662-2000.