Spinks to return to ring in hometown

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:40 IST

Cory Spinks will fight in his St. Louis hometown again when he faces Russian Roman Karmazin on July 8 for the IBF junior middleweight title.

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Cory Spinks will fight in his St. Louis hometown again when he faces Russian Roman Karmazin on July 8 for the IBF junior middleweight title. Spinks hasn't fought since Zab Judah beat him for the undisputed world welterweight title with a technical knockout in February 2005. For that fight, 22,000 fans filled the Savvis Center in St. Louis. Spinks (34-3, 11 KOs) will beef up to take on Karmazin (34-1-1, 21 KOs). Spinks, at a news conference on Friday with promoter Don King, blamed the loss to Judah on having to lose too much weight as well as problems outside the ring. ''It's back to having fun,'' Spinks said. ''The night of the fight I'm going to show out.'' Karmazin last fought in July and beat champion Kassim Ouma of Uganda for the IBF junior middleweight title in a 12-round decision. Speaking through a translator, Karmazin said that Spinks, who has 11 knockouts, has ''made a big mistake coming up in weight'' to fight in the 154-pound (69-kilogram) weight class. (AP)

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