Date: 12th June 1981
Venue: Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan, USA
Title: WBC World Heavyweight Title
Promoter: Don King Productions
Tv: ABC Sports
( 37 - 0 - 0 )
Weight: 212 1/2 lbs
( 10 - 2 - 2 )
Weight: 200 1/4 lbs
Fought in The Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan as a tribute to former champion Louis who passed away two months earlier, Holmes's 10th defence against former Muhammad Ali conquerer Spinks. showed just how destructive the champion could be, taking Holmes to 38-0 with 28 opponents not hearing the final bell.
With only 12,000 of the 21,000 seats in The Joe Louis Arena filled, Holmes dominated the smaller Spinks until he felled him in the third round with a barrage of right hands. Spinks managed to get up but, he couldn't survive the champions final onslaught which brought about referee Richard Steele's intervention at 2:34 of the round.