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Spinks, Hopkins shine in big fight night

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J., Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Cory Spinks upset Ricardo Mayorga Saturday night to become boxing's undisputed welterweight champion.

Also, in the main event, undisputed middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins battered William Joppy to retain his titles.

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Spinks, the son of former heavyweight champion Leon Spinks and nephew of former light heavyweight and heavyweight champion Michael Spinks, stole the show before a sellout crowd of 12,364.

'I did what I had to do - box," Spinks said. "I kept my head and did what I had to do."

Hopkins, making the 17th title defense of a share of the middleweight crown, wore down Joppy, winning on the inside and landing. In the final round, he gave Joppy a savage beating, unleashing power shots to the head.

Also, John Ruiz captured the interim WBA heavyweight belt, beating Hasim Rahman; Travis Simms scored a fifth-round knockout of previously undefeated Alejandro Garcia of Mexico to capture the WBA super welterweight title, Zab Judah needed one punch to stop Jaime Rangel to retain his WBO 140-pound title.

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