Date: 19th April 1986
Venue: Las Vegas Hilton, Hilton Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Title: IBF World Heavyweight Title
Promoted by: Butch Lewis Productions, Dynamic Duo Inc, Don King Productions
( 28 - 0 - 0 )
Weight: 205 lbs
( 48 - 1 - 0 )
Weight: 223 lbs
IBF world heavyweight champion Michael Spinks made the first defence of his title against the man he won it from seven months earlier, Larry Holmes, In front of a crowd off 8,328 at The Las Vegas Hilton in Las Vegas. Holmes came in as a narrow favourite to regain his throne but, for the second time, Spinks did just enough to convince the ringside judges that he had done enough to pip the former champion, this time by split decision.
There were plenty of observers that believe that Holmes was hard done by, but, it was a fight that depended on what you liked, Spinks clever tactics and higher work rate or Holmes bigger, more damaging punches throughout.
Scores: Frank Brunette 141-144 | Joe Cortez 144-141 | Jerry Roth 142-144.
The bout was promoted as "Vindication in Vegas."