Not long after he was knocked out by Tyson, Michael Spinks retired from boxing. At a press conference in New York, he said, "I can't thank you and kiss you enough for all the wonderful things you've said about me. It makes me feel very deep inside."
At that point, Spinks paused and looked down while he struggled with his emotions. He spoke a few more words, sniffled, and wiped away tears.
These days, Spinks keeps fit riding his stationary bicycle at his home in Greenville, Delaware. Not long ago, at a theater in Wilmington, he made a one-night appearance in the play The Mystery of Edwin Drood, in the role of the town crier. In December, after three days of shooting a film, One for the Money, in Los Angeles, he traveled to Norway to appear on a television show hosted by Steffen Tangstad, his opponent back in September 1986.
A year after Spinks had sent him into retirement, Gerry Cooney was back in Atlantic City as a fight promoter, in collab-