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Court wallops Spinks over drink driving

CURRENT IBF light-middleweight champion Cory Spinks has been put on 12 months' probation after being convicted of drink driving at Vero Beach, Florida, in April.

Spinks, who crashed into a parked car, was ordered to complete 200 hours of community service and fined $5,000.

He did not contest the charge.

The son of former world heavyweight champion Leon Spinks is due to defend his IBF title against Cornelius Bundrage on August 7.

1960s' slogger Moyer (70) dies

DENNY Moyer, a former WBA light-middleweight champion, has died in a nursing home in Portland, Oregon. He was 70 and had been suffering from pugilistic dementia for many years.

A rugged fighter with boxing ability, Moyer won the title by outpointing Joey Giambra in 1962 and lost it a year later to Ralph Dupas. He failed in an attempt to regain it from Dupas.

Moyer beat world champions Sugar Ray Robinson, Benny Paret, Tony DeMarco, Emile Griffith, Virgil Atkins and Johnny Saxton, but was knocked out in five rounds in a bid for Carlos Monzon's world middleweight title.

Duddy pockets $135k in defeat

JOHN Duddy received $125,000, plus $10,000 training expenses, for his recent losing clash with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in San Antonio, Texas. Chavez got $500,000.

The WBC raked off $18,750 in sanctioning fees for designating the fight as being for the organisation's Silver Belt.

Quote of

the week

"John is pretty much a finished product. He's a solid fighter with a fighting heart. In the ring, that's not always enough. But he's at peace with himself and who he is."

-- Thomas Hauser, writing about the John Duddy v Julio Cesar Chavez Jr fight on www.secondsout.com