Unanswered questions remained after undisputed world welterweight champion Cory “The Next Generation” Spinks and two-time 140-pound world champion Zab “Super” Judah sent each other to the canvas late in their first meeting, so the two fighters will meet for a second time on Feb. 5 at Savvis Center in a match promoted by Don King Productions.
Spinks (34-2, 11 KOs), a St. Louis native, frustrated Judah with his slick, stick-and-move style while making his first defense of his unified International Boxing Federation, World Boxing Association and World Boxing Council titles in Las Vegas on April 10. Spinks landed a short left in the eleventh round that sent Judah to the mat, punctuating what appeared would be a clear-cut victory.
The always-dangerous, lightning-quick Judah (32-2-1 NC, 23 KOs), from Brooklyn, N.Y., was making his first appearance at 147 pounds and not only recovered from the knockdown but shocked Spinks by flooring him with a left hand of his own with less than 30 seconds to go in the twelfth and final round. Spinks survived the round and won on all scorecards.
“If the fight had lasted one more minute, I would be the undisputed world welterweight champion,” a defiant Judah said. “I have some unfinished business with Spinks that I will take care of on Feb. 5.”
Spinks said “I got a little relaxed and careless” in explaining the knockdown while giving Judah credit for hitting him with a good shot. Spinks added, “I won’t make that mistake again during the rematch.”
Promoter Don King thinks the fireworks that exploded at the end of their first fight will carry on into Spinks vs. Judah II, a fight he has dubbed Arch Rivals… Meet Me in St. Louis.
“These two fighters represent the epitome in the sport of boxing today with their chiseled physiques, conditioning and finely tuned boxing skills,” King said. “This is a match where you don’t want to look away for even a second because you don’t know when lightening will strike.”
Spinks was the IBF welterweight champion when he faced a stiff challenge against then WBC and WBA champion Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga in Atlantic City, N.J., on Dec. 13, 2003, winning a majority decision that left him the undisputed champion.
Judah has long been considered to be one of the most physically gifted boxers in the sport whose only losses came against Spinks and light welterweight kingpin Kostya Tszyu.
Savvis Center is a 21,000-seat arena in downtown St. Louis. Opened in 1994, the arena is home to St. Louis Blues hockey (NHL), Saint Louis University Billikens basketball (NCAA Division I) and St. Louis Steamers soccer (MISL), and also plays host to a wide variety of other sporting events, concerts and family shows. Nearly 2 million people enjoy 170 events each year at Savvis Center, and the facility is consistently ranked annually among the top 10 arenas in North America in tickets sold.
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