Spivey Wins But Loses Title
Photos and story by Chris Perry at ringside
The last time “Dangerous” Dorin Spivey fought at the Norfolk Scope Arena in Norfolk, VA, he had his hometown crowd on their feet with a thrilling victory. Almost eight years later, he did the same. In the main event of the first International Championship Boxing series at the Scope Arena, Spivey (38-5, 29 KOs), from nearby Portsmouth, was impressive winning a unanimous decision victory over tough Baltimore, MD fighter Tyrell “Da Sho Shocka” Samuel (14-4, 6 KOs) with two judges scoring the ten-round fight 100-90 and the third judge scoring the bout 98-92.
Unfortunately Spivey, who was the NABA lightweight champion before the fight, weighed in heavier than the 135 pound limit which meant that he automatically vacated the title and that only Samuel could win championship. Spivey’s extra weight was an issue that threatened the fight up until the time of the main event but both camps ultimately came to an agreement to make the fight happen.
“I knew the kid was going to be real tough,” said Spivey after the bout. “The problem was, I was a little drained this morning. I didn’t think I would have the energy to go as strong as I did. With encouragement from everyone around me, I sucked it up and did what I had to do.”
The crowd rose to their feet many times during the main event as Spivey and Samuel went toe-to-toe. Spivey controlled the action throughout by constantly using his superior hand speed to land more effective shots. Although there were no knockdowns in the fight, rounds seven and eight were for the highlight reel as both fighters traded heavy blows at a furious pace.
“I was drained and fatigued but it was amazing what I did tonight,” said Spivey. “Tyrell’s a tough kid, a good fighter, and a warrior. He’s got a lot talent. A slick and smart fighter.”
“I thought the fight could’ve went either way,” said Samuel after the bout. “I thought I pulled it out six (rounds) to four (rounds). I know I fought a good fight. I showed my warrior’s heart. I’ll take a week off, go on vacation and then get right back in there.”
Although Spivey lost his title on the scales, Spivey’s promoter Nick Garone of X-Cel Worldwide, is excited about what lies ahead.
“Yes we did have a little bit of a hiccup with the weight,” said Garone. “Yes it was tough, he was cutting weight to get down. We’re not happy about the way that turned out, obviously, but on the flip side, we’re going to be back, we’re going to be strong, we’re going to be fighting at 135 and we want to have the opportunity to fight other people. I think tonight, making sure the fight happened was paramount in the team’s whole mind. We needed to make this fight happen because I wanted Dorin to be able to get in the ring and show what he had. …I thought it was a great win. Dorin looked really, really good.”
“We’re going to fight back at lightweight,” Spivey said about his next bout. “Lesson learned. Were going to get it together and get it right as a lightweight. I’m still ranked in the world. We’ll get it back together.”
“Obviously, Dorin is a big 135 pounder, but I think that’s the weight we need to be at if we want to get a legitimate shot at the title,” continued Garone about Spivey’s future. “He’s right in the mix. He’s a top ten guy and hopefully after this a lot of the other organizations will give him an opportunity to be in their world rankings. We’re looking forward to great 2010.