Did Gerrie Coetzee bite Leon Spinks?

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  1. choklab

    choklab cocoon of horror Full Member

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    I’ve long known this fight. But I have never noticed this before. in many ways this fight was one of the first bad turning points of Leon’s career.

    Spinks looked up for this fight. But if you look closely, after a good start from Leon, just as Gerrie finally claws his way into the fight at 1.12 point does he sink his teeth into Leon’s neck?
     
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  2. BCS8

    BCS8 Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    Maybe he just wanted a taste of boerewors. When the craving hits, it hits
     
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  3. BCS8

    BCS8 Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    Seriously though, no he doesn't bite him. Gerrie used to talk **** to his opponents and I think he said something in Leon's ear. You can see Leon laugh right after that. Pretty sure that if it was a bite people would have made a fuss, there would have been marks etc.
     
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  4. choklab

    choklab cocoon of horror Full Member

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    It could be, but I can’t be certain.

    With the mouth piece in it is conceivable he could nip without breaking skin.

    I think it would be ironic if the downfall of a fighter Ali named the vampire actually started with a bite!
     
  5. BCS8

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    Did Spinks ever complain?
     
  6. choklab

    choklab cocoon of horror Full Member

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    Not that I know of? I don’t think I have ever heard Leon’s explanation for this fight. He certainly started well. I think Coetzee beat a good Leon.
     
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  8. choklab

    choklab cocoon of horror Full Member

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    Fair enough.

    what do you think Coetzee was doing at 1.12?
     
  9. Curtis Lowe

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    What BCS8 said, talking trash to Spinks.
     
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  10. GOAT Primo Carnera

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    :risas3:
    Is this a serious question?

    And folks wonder where these Primo skills come from....
     
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  11. West of Hollywood

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    It sure looks to me like he bit him and Spinks had a brief pained expression. The fact that Spinks didn't complain and there were no apparent marks does not prove it didn't happen.
     
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  12. choklab

    choklab cocoon of horror Full Member

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  13. fists of fury

    fists of fury Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    What are you smoking?
     
  14. fists of fury

    fists of fury Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    Leon doesn't react the way a fighter who has been bitten would react. Seen lots of actual bites and this isn't one.
    He's obviously laughing at something.
    Clearly Coetzee was talking some smack, maybe even in Afrikaans!
     
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  15. choklab

    choklab cocoon of horror Full Member

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    Spinks was a crazy guy.