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Ali-Spinks I: A Trip Down Memory Lane in Search of the Elusive Betting Line

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A friend inquired if I happened to know the odds on the first Ali-Spinks fight. “No, I don’t,” I said, “but no problem, I’ll just look it up.” In the end, I wasn’t able to ferret out a satisfactory answer to his question, but I enjoyed rummaging through the archives and re-visiting a very special moment in boxing history. When ring announcer Chuck Hull mouthed the words “and the new,” the din was deafening, blowing the roof off its hinges, in a matter of speaking.

Upsets come in two flavors. One flavor is empirical. It is derived from the true odds on an event, numbers culled from a bookmaker’s wagering board. I have always loved weaving empirical odds into a story because odds cut right to the chase, quantifying the magnitude of an upset.

The other kind of upset is subjective. It has to do with the shock factor, something that can’t be quantified. Some upsets are positively mind-blowing among the population at large, but yet somewhat pedestrian among hard-core gamblers who are in action every day. The bigger the event, the bigger the shock factor when a heavy underdog springs an upset.

Leon Spinks upset of Muhammad Ali at the Las Vegas Hilton on Thursday, Feb. 16, 1978, registered very high on the phantasmagorical shock meter.

“Neon Leon” was a gold medal winner at the 1976 Montreal Olympics, but had only seven pro fights under his belt when he was thrust against Ali. He had been held to a draw by Minnesota journeyman Scott LeDoux in his first 10-round bout and his effort in his most recent fight with Alfio Righetti was unexceptional. Righetti came in undefeated (27-0), but wasn’t a big puncher and was a part-time prizefighter, juggling his boxing career around his day job as a traffic policeman in Rimini, Italy. Spinks outpointed Righetti by 46-44 on all three cards on Nevada’s “five-point must” system.

A poll of visiting sportswriters by the Las Vegas Review-Journal found no takers for Leon Spinks. Although he was the younger man by 12 years, the conventional wisdom was that he would fade late because he was still adjusting to the pro game which places a premium on stamina. In an amateur career that reportedly consisted of 185 fights, Leon was never required to fight more than three rounds.

Among those favoring Ali was Rollie Schwartz, the team manager of the 1976 U.S. Olympic team. Schwartz noted that Leon, unlike his younger brother Michael, had discipline issues as an amateur.

Ali-Spinks I wasn’t a great fight, but it was a fight infused with great drama.

Despite giving away a few of the early rounds, Ali was clearly in front after 10 frames. But the upstart would prove to have more fuel in his tank.

Round 14 was a big round for Spinks. He hurt Ali with a big left hook midway through the stanza and out-punched the worried champion as they exchanged combinations as the round was drawing to a close.

As the boxers awaited the bell for the final round, the tension was thick. Would the great Muhammad Ali summon up some reservoir of strength and pull the fight out of the fire as he had done so often in the past? Or would Spinks maintain his advantage now that the momentum had shifted? Ali was still the people’s champion, but as always happens when a big upset is brewing, many in the audience with no financial stake in the outcome had shifted their allegiance to the underdog. The final round was a doozy and almost to a man, everyone in the packed auditorium remained standing as the round played out amidst a great clamor.

Ali came out strong, “throwing every punch he ever learned” in the words of ringside reporter John Schulian, but Neon Leon saved his best for last. With his mother Kay looking on, clutching tight to her Bible, Leon rocked Ali in the final seconds, sending him stumbling back to his corner. All three judges gave Spinks each of the last three rounds and two of them had Spinks the winner. Ali concurred with the majority, conceding that he was fairly beaten.

Ali’s Legacy

What would have been Ali’s legacy if the verdict had gone the other way? Obviously, it would have improved his final record, but as New York Times scribe Dave Anderson astutely noted, it would not have redounded well to him at all.

In previous fights, Ali had won disputed decisions over Ken Norton and Jimmy Young and struggled to put away Earnie Shavers while winning a unanimous decision by scores (9-5-1, 9-6, 9-6) that struck many as too wide. Had he been given the decision over Spinks, it would have been widely assailed as a heist and brought more scrutiny to those earlier fights plus denying him the opportunity to make history as the first three-time heavyweight champion. “Ali Fails To Con Two Judges” was the headline above Anderson’s ringside report.

The Odds

About those odds: In 1978, sports betting in Nevada still had one foot in the closet despite a recent reduction in the bookmakers’ federal wagering tax that set the wheels in motion for an avalanche of legal sports betting. Only two hotels on the Strip had sports betting parlors. The Hilton, which opened as the International and is now called the Westgate, would come to have the most prominent sports book in the city, the SuperBook, but in 1978 it had no book whatsoever.

A number of pre-fight stories made note of the fact that Ali was such a prohibitive favorite that bookmakers didn’t bother to post a betting line. This was largely true, but there were a few exceptions.

Several newspaper stories referenced Spinks as a 10/1 underdog, but to get the real skinny a reporter in town for the fight would have had to find his way to one of the little freestanding bookie joints downtown, fading remnants of an earlier era. There – and keeping in mind that betting lines are fluid – he would have likely found -600/+400 on the chalkboard with Ali, quite naturally, the favorite.

LA Times sportswriter Jim Murray came up with another of his splendid metaphors when he wrote that Ali vs. Spinks held out about as much intrigue as the main course of a Thanksgiving dinner. However, there were a number of sharp handicappers who thought otherwise, conceding Spinks a reasonable chance of emerging victorious, not because he was anything special, but because at age 36 “The Greatest” was so evidently on the downgrade and he didn’t figure to bring his “A” game. How could he take Leon seriously after just knocking out Superman in the pages of an oversized DC comic book?

As empirical upsets go, Leon Spinks’ triumph as a roughly 4/1 underdog wasn’t earth-shattering. However, the betting line was out of whack with the shock meter. It was a stunning upset.

“Leon Spinks endured one of the most exciting and grueling fifteen rounds of action and (came out a winner),” said a resolution of congratulations passed by the House of Representatives in Leon’s home state of Missouri. That was the highlight of a career that was otherwise a big disappointment but, my goodness, what a highlight it was.

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Boxing Odds and Ends: A Travesty of a Heavyweight ‘Title Fight’ and More

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It’s official. On Wednesday, Feb. 22, a formal press conference was held in Sofia, Bulgaria, to announce the forthcoming fight between Mahmoud Charr, formerly known as Manuel Charr, and Kubrat Pulev. They will meet in Bulgaria’s capital city on March 30 at a 12,000-seat arena.

Charr vs Kubrat bears the imprimatur of a world heavyweight title fight (WBA version). Charr is considered the champion, notwithstanding the fact that others have held the title since he first laid claim to it more than six years ago.

The WBA, as we know, recognizes two champions in some weight classes, a “super” champion and a “regular” champion. The “super” designation was created in 2000. It was designed to segregate title-holders into levels of accomplishment. In theory, a “super” champion has made five successful defenses and is recognized as a world title-holder by at least one of the three other major sanctioning bodies. “Super” champions are allowed certain liberties with respect to mandatory title defenses.

The bifurcation was greeted with hoots of derision. The Panama-based WBA trivialized the sport.

Mahmoud Charr

Mahmoud Charr was born in Beirut but has resided in Germany since he was a little boy. He won the vacant title with a 12-round decision over unexceptional Alexander Ustinov in Oberhausen, Germany.  It was a close fight. TSS ringside correspondent Phil Woolever had Ustinov winning 7 rounds to 5, but conceded that the verdict could not be called an injustice.

The title that Charr won was vacated by Ruslan Chagaev who won the belt from Fres Oquendo, lost it to Lucas Browne, and got it back by decree when Browne’s post-fight urine tests showed evidence of banned substances. But Chagaev never fought again. His fight with Browne was his last.

Charr’s first defense was to come against Fres Oquendo. Slated for March 23, 2019 in Cologne after being pushed back from September of the previous year, the match never came to fruition when Charr tested positive for two banned substances. Things get really muddled from here with Charr pushed to the sideline by legal battles complicated by Don King’s shenanigans. King arranged a fight in Florida between Charr and his fighter Trevor Bryan and succeeded in getting Bryan the WBA belt when Charr was unable to get a visa. The belt is vacant again after Bryan was knocked out by Daniel Dubois who, in turn, was knocked out by “super” champion Oleksandr Usyk.

There are more threads to this saga but let’s not go there. Suffice it to say that after defeating Ustinov, Charr was out of action for the next three-and-a-half years. He’s had only three fights since 2017 and to say that his opponents were men of low repute would be giving them the best of it. In his most recent assignment, in December of 2022, he scored a second-round stoppage over 46-year-old Swiss-Albanian slug Nuri Seferi. That brought his record to 34-4 (20). He has been stopped three times, most recently in 2015 when he was halted in five frames by future cruiserweight champion Maris Briedis.

Kubrat Pulev

Kubrat Pulev will have the home field advantage in Sofia. Charr will have youth on his side. He’s 39; Pulev is 42.

Pulev sports a 30-3 record. The losses came at the hands of Wladimir Klitschko (L KO 5), Anthony Joshua (L KO 9), and Derek Chisora (L SD 12). He last fought in December at the OC Hangar in Costa Mesa, CA, where he won a lopsided decision over Polish journeyman Andrzej Wawrzyk.

In a previous engagement here at the Hangar, a concert hall that seats a shade over 3,000, he TKOed Bogdan Dinu. That bout is remembered mostly for what happened after it ended. In an incident that went viral on social media, Pulev surprised Jennifer Ravalo, a self-styled journalist, with a kiss on the lips. That animated women’s rights attorney Gloria Allred and led to an 8-page spread in Playboy (of Ravalo, not Allred). The California State Athletic Commission fined and suspended Pulev and mandated that he undergo sexual harassment training. The suspension lasted 120 days.

The match between Charr and Pulev, says a blurb about it, is an “eagerly anticipated” clash between “two evergreen living legends.” We will let you provide the punchline, The winner is expected to fight Martin Bakole who was knocked out by Michael Hunter.

Jake Paul

Jake Paul, the enfant terrible of prizefighting, returns this Saturday on a card in San Juan, Puerto Rico, that will air on DAZN. Paul, a so-called influencer who brought his big social media following with him when he took up fisticuffing, is coming off a first-round stoppage of Andre August, a no-name fighter from Texas. Saturday’s sacrificial lamb is a fellow from Dickinson, North Dakota (by way of Benicia, California) named Ryan Bourland.

Bourland, who is reportedly 35 years old but looks older, scored his signature win in 2018 when he avenged a previous defeat with a 10-round majority decision over Jose Hernandez. He has fought only one since then, TKOing a fighter with a losing record in a 6-rounder at a lodge on a remote Indian reservation in North Dakota. That improved his ledger to 17-2 (6 KOs).

Regarding Jake Paul, Thomas Hauser once wrote that he’s worked hard to become a better boxer and is “certainly better than a Golden Gloves novice.” There was a time when this reporter, perhaps naively, thought that Jake had the potential to become a legitimate top-15 cruiserweight, but his recent choice of opponents suggests that he is comfortable just spinning his wheels.

His bout with Bourland will play second fiddle to Amanda Serrano’s featherweight title defense against Germany’s Nina Meinke (18-3, 4 KOs). Although Amanda has a lot of mileage on her odometer, she is expected to have little difficulty with Meinke. In another bout of note, Puerto Rican campaigners Jonathan Gonzalez (27-3-1, 14 KOs) and Rene Santiago (12-3, 9 KOs) will meet in a 12-rounder with Gonzalez’s WBO light flyweight title at stake.

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Let’s conclude this write-up on an upbeat note. Hall of Fame boxing writer Bernard Fernandez, a frequent TSS contributor, informs us that his fifth and presumably final anthology is nearing completion with a likely release date of April or May. “Championship Rounds, Round 5” includes a foreword by Gerry Cooney and has drawn glowing reviews from the likes of Dave Kindred and Dr. Gordon Marino who both had an early peek at the manuscript. Kindred, a renowned sportswriter and author, was the subject of a 2021 piece on “60 Minutes.” Marino, a Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at St. Olaf College in Minnesota, has written extensively about boxing for the Wall Street Journal.

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Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom organization was at the Caribe Royale tonight, a non-gaming resort near Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Unbeaten super middleweights Edgar Berlanga and Padraig McCrory squared off in the main event.

The fight started slow, but it soon became apparent that McCrory, a 35-year-old father of three from Belfast, Northern Ireland, was a domestic-level fighter, notwithstanding his undefeated (18-0) record. Berlanga, whose last five fights had gone the distance, roughed him up with some dirty tactics before taking him out in the sixth round with a crunching right hand that sent the Irishman face-first to the canvas. As McCrory pulled himself upright on rubbery legs, the towel flew in from his corner. The official time was 2:44.

As well-documented, Berlanga opened his pro career with 16 consecutive first-round knockouts. Nonetheless, he was let go by Top Rank in what purportedly was an amicable divorce. This was his second fight under the Matchroom banner. Eddie Hearn signed him with an eye on scoring a big-money match with Canelo Alvarez. The red-headed Mexican superstar is committed to returning to the ring in May on Cinco de Mayo weekend in Las Vegas, but hasn’t yet locked in an opponent.

If Berlanga gets the nod, he would be a heavy underdog, but the Mexico vs. Puerto Rico angle (coupled with Berlanga’s new-found reputation as a dirty fighter) would make it an easy sell.

Co-Feature

In only his third professional fight, Cuban defector Andy Cruz was bumped into the co-feature. That was in recognition of his amateur pedigree. Among his accomplishments, he was 4-0 vs. Keyshawn Davis with the last win coming in the gold medal round of the Tokyo Olympics.

Cruz, 28, was expected to win as he pleased against his Mexican opponent, Bryan Zamarripa, and he did win all 10 rounds on all three scorecards, but in common with many great Cuban amateurs, he seemed to lack something in the power department. Zamarripa was 14-2 heading in.

Other Bouts of Note

In a 12-round welterweight contest that was devoid of drama, Uzbekistan native Shakhram Giyasov, an Olympic silver medalist who has lost precious few rounds as a pro, won a lopsided technical decision over well-recycled 34-year-old Mexican Pablo Cesar Cano.

Giyasov (15-0, 9 KOs) sent Cano (35-9-1) to the canvas in the third round with a body punch. At the end of round 11, as their feet were tangled, he pushed Cano to the canvas and the Mexican ostensibly suffered a broken ankle when he fell. That sent the bout to the scorecards where the decision (109-99 x3) was a formality. With the victory, Giyasov earned a shot at WBA belt-holder Eimantas Stanionis.

The 12-round bantamweight match between Antonio Vargas and Jonathan Rodriguez, two fighters of Puerto Rican descent, was framed as a WBA bantamweight title eliminator. Rodriguez, the underdog, floored Vargas in the opening stanza. He had scored a stunning first-round knockout of 27-1 Khalid Yafai in his previous start and it appeared that another upset was brewing. But the match quickly turned one-sided in favor of Vargas who put Rodriguez on the canvas in the very next frame (and had two points deducted for hitting him after the bell) and then put him down again at the end of round seven with a sweeping left hook after which Rodriguez’s corner properly pulled him out.

Vargas, a 2016 Olympian who had home field advantage in Florida, improved to 18-1 (10 KOs) and became the mandatory opponent for Takuma Inoue who won earlier today in Tokyo. Bethlehem, Pennsylvania’s Rodriguez declined to 17-2-1.

The opening bout on the TV portion of the card was a 10-round flyweight affair that looked like a runaway for showboating Yankiel Rivera until gritty Andy Dominguez made things interesting.

Rivera, who improved to 5-0 (2), was Puerto Rico’s lone representative in the Tokyo Olympics. In Mexico-born Andy Dominguez, he was fighting a former three-time New York City Golden Gloves champion who was also unbeaten (10-0 heading in). Rivera dominated the match but was caught napping in round nine and Dominguez, although all busted-up, hurt him and almost put him down. That was most lopsided round of the fight, but also the only round that Dominguez won in the eyes of the judges.

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Junto Nakatani Turns in Another Masterclass on Saturday’s Tripleheader in Tokyo

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In a rather odd juxtaposition, several of boxing’s best little men were on display today at Japan’s National Sumo Arena in Tokyo. The best of the lot, Junto Nakatani, improved to 27-0 (20 KOs) while tearing away the WBC world bantamweight title from Tijuana’s Alexandro Santiago (28-4-5) who was making the first defense of the title he won in Las Vegas in May when he upset Nonito Donaire.

It was a one-sided beatdown. Nakatani, who had a 5-inch height advantage, won every round before ending the contest in the sixth. The end came at the 1:12 mark when Nakatani terminated the affair with his second knockdown. The first came earlier in the round, the result of a straight left hand. The finisher was a big right hook.

With the victory, Nakatani became a world title-holder in a third weight class. He’s an outstanding talent, worthy of pound-for-pound consideration, and would be favored in a unification fight with Takuma Inoue.

Inoue, the younger brother of pound-for-pound king Naoya “Monster” Inoue, did his part to bring the match to fruition with a ninth-round stoppage of Filipino veteran Jerwin Ancajas in the main event. Inoue (19-1, 5 KOs) was making the first defense of the WBA diadem he won with a wide decision over Venezuela’s mildewed Liborio Solis. That title was conveniently vacated by Takuma’s renowned brother.

This figured to be the most competitive match on the card and Ancajas (34-4-2) had his moments before Inoue ended the contest at the 0:44 mark of round nine with a four-punch combination climaxed by a shot to the liver. Heading in, Ancajas, who had a long title reign at 115, was 9-2-1 in world title fights and hadn’t previously been stopped.

In the first of the three title fights, 29-year-old Kosei Tanaka became a four-weight belt-holder in record time with a unanimous decision over Mexicali’s stubborn but out-classed Christian Bacasegua “Rocky” Rangel. At stake was the vacant WBO junior bantamweight title.

Tanaka, who previously held belts at 105, 108, and 112, started slow but the outcome was never in doubt after he knocked “Rocky” to the canvas in the eighth frame. The judges had it 119-108, 117-110, and 116-111. With the victory, Tanaka improved to 20-1 (11). In his only defeat, he was stopped by countryman Kazuto Ioka. He hunkers for a rematch but, if it happens, he might wish that it hadn’t. Ioka is long in the tooth – he turns 35 next month – but is very good and shows no signs of slowing down. Rangel (22-5-2) had won nine straight heading in, but against questionable opposition and was making his first start outside Mexico.

The Teiken Promotions card was presented in association with Top Rank and aired in the U.S. on ESPN+.

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