10 Gold-Medal Knockout Kings: USA's Boxing Legacy

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10 Gold-Medal Knockout Kings: USA's Boxing Legacy

It this weekend's medal failure is any indication, we no longer rule the ring. USA Boxing hasn't won a heavyweight gold since '88—and nothing at all in this year's Olympic Games. But forget the present. Here are the top 10 boxing superheroes from our

Michael Spinks, Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight, 31-1

Gold Medal – 1976 Olympics, Montreal, Canada

Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight Champion

Most people remember Michael Spinks for the worst minute-and-a-half of his professional boxing life, when Mike Tyson absolutely demolished him in the first round of their heavyweight title fight in 1988. 91 seconds – that’s all it took to end his career. Spinks would never fight again, though few remember that his loss to Tyson was the only professional fight he ever actually lost.

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