St. Louis native Corey Spinks will make his first International Boxing Federation junior middleweight title defense since winning the belt in his hometown over Roman Karmazin in July. The fight will take place Feb. 3 – just one day before the Super Bowl – at Silver Spurs Arena at the Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Fla. The fight was originally planned to take place in Miami, the same city as the Super Bowl, but was moved because a third-party investor backed out.
Spinks will make a mandatory defense against No. 1 contender Rodney Jones. The speedy and agile Spinks carries a record of 35-3 with 11 knockouts. The southpaw Jones is 37-3-1 with 22 knockouts.
Spinks has not fought outside of St. Louis since he defended his three welterweight titles against Miguel Angel Gonzalez in Las Vegas in 2004. It’s also only his third fight since then. Zab Judah annihilated Spinks in front of a hometown crowd at the Savvis Center in 2005. Spinks responded to the loss by moving up a weight class and defeating the stubborn Karmazin in 2006.