INTRODUCTION: Boxing, and brothers Leon and Michael Spinks of the United States, both gold medal winners in the 1976 Montreal Olympics, returned to Montreal on Wednesday night (1 June) but this time as professional fighters.
GV Michael Spinks (in lighter shorts) knocking out Joe Borden, Montreal, Canada
GV Leon Spinks (coloured fighter) knocking down Bruce Scott with action replay (2 shots)
GV Leon Spinks knocks out Scott (3 shots)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Boxing, and brothers Leon and Michael Spinks of the United States, both gold medal winners in the 1976 Montreal Olympics, returned to Montreal on Wednesday night (1 June) but this time as professional fighters.
SYNOPSIS: Michael Spinks, the younger of the two, won the gold medal in the middleweight division, but his fight on Wednesday was in the light-heavyweight class. It was his third professional fight and he was looking for his third straight win.
Despite giving his opponent Joe Borden an 11 pounds (5 kgs) weight advantage, Michael Spinks was in no trouble. The fight was scheduled to last six rounds, but heavy punching from Spinks put Borden on the canvas for a count of ten early in the second round to maintain his unbeaten record as a professional.
His elder brother Leon, who won the gold medal in the light-heavyweight division, has also moved up in the weights and was fighting as a heavyweight on Wednesday.
Leon also gave his opponent, Bruce Scott, little chance and knocked him down several times during the fight. Leon, a former Marine lance corporal, disposed of Scott almost as quickly as Michael had beaten Borden, knocking him out at the end of the third round. He too maintained an unbeaten record, having won all five of his professional fights.