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By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
Not just a reporter, this reporter enjoys a marvelous collection of old VHS VCR videotapes, which I enjoy and relax to watching each evening before sleep. Within my collection, last night, I found a 34-year-old homemade videotape leading with the Michael Spinks verses David Sears World Light Heavyweight title fight from February 23, 1985, at the now-defunct Sands Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Spinks, then 26-0, went down in history as one of the greatest light heavyweight champions of all-time, in the mold of Archie Moore and Bob Foster. Spinks went 27-0 at 175 pounds and wiped out the entire division of contenders and pretenders. ‘The Spinks Jinx’ then transitioned to heavyweight, by passing cruiserweight, and defied all odds. Spinks, a 15 round fighter, who wanted to go directly after Larry Holmes, then decisioned Holmes over 15 rounds twice.
At the time, Spinks and promoter Butch Lewis called out Larry Holmes for a world heavyweight title shot after the Sears bout, everyone including the commentators thought the thought was ridiculous. Other light heavyweight champions like Archie Moore and Bob Foster tried and failed. Billy Conn came close, as he was ahead on points against Joe Louis before he got cocky, tried to knock Louis out, and got knocked out himself. Michael Moorer, the inaugural World Boxing Organization World Light Heavyweight champion in December 1988 won ten consecutive WBO light heavyweight world title bouts, won the vacant WBO version of the world heavyweight title in May 1992 when he stopped Bert Copper in the fifth round, and won the WBA and IBF Versions of the World Heavyweight title when he won a majority 12 round decision over Evander Holyfield in April 1994, only to lose those titles to George Foreman by tenth round knockout in November of 1994.
Sears, at 16-0-1, was at the time co-managed by Rocky actor Burt Young. The undefeated Brooklyn native’s record was not yet above the clubhouse level of opposition. Holding a low left, he was an easy Mark for the Spinks counter overhand right which Michael timed perfectly. Michael spotted Sears two rounds, during which time he searched for the enemy’s flaws. In the third round, Spinks found it, holding high defensive hands, an overhand counter right which sent Sears to the canvas on all fours. Spinks finished Sears on the ropes, who arose but did not recover. At heavyweight, Spinks, like Floyd Patterson before him, and Michael Moorer against David Tua afterwards, got knocked out by Mike Tyson in the first round of a gutter street fight with the wrong game plan. Moorer and Patterson both returned to win again with new game plans. Michael never fought again.