Immediately, John Condon of Madison Square Garden offered to let Davis make his debut on the Sept. 28 Ali-Norton card in Yankee Stadium. Davis said he thought it would be too soon. Still, he and the other gold medal winners will be guests at the fight.
Now it was Sugar Ray against the southpaw Aldama, who had hit Bulgaria's Vladimir Kolev so hard in their semifinal bout there were fears that Kolev might have a broken neck. Taken away unconscious on a stretcher, the Romanian awoke in the dressing room with nothing worse than a headache.
Always circling, never letting the Cuban get set, Sugar Ray went to work, using both hands with a fury. Ignoring his aching knuckles, he began getting to Aldama in the second round, dropped him just before the bell. Midway through the third round he caught the Cuban flush with a hook, banged four rights to the head, and with only a few seconds to go had him out on his feet. The referee, an Iranian named Karapet K. Kouchar, stepped between the fighters and stayed there until the bell. It was a unanimous decision, although two of the judges (an Egyptian and a Peruvian) gave it to Sugar Ray by only one point (59-58).
Mike was the first of the brothers to go on. He had drawn Riskiev, a 27-year-old Russian with a face that looked as though it had been rented out as a target for Cossack swords. Riskiev came in wearing a white patch above his right eye. Adopting his brother's style, Mike went inside, hooking with both hands in long bursts. By the end of Round One the Russian was hanging on. In the next round he went down, floored by a looping overhand right. Rising, he took a count of eight, and at the bell staggered to his corner.
He should have stayed there. In the third, Mike really went to work. Slowly the Russian came apart. Then, with just a little over a minute to go, Spinks hooked hard to the midsection, catching Riskiev right on the belt and driving his stomach halfway to Kiev. Clutching himself, the Russian cried foul. The referee said that would win him a silver medal. Riskiev took it.
Near the back of the sold-out Montreal Forum, Leon had watched the fight anxiously. "I wanted him to win more than I wanted me to win," he said. "I kept asking the Lord to watch over him."
Now it was Leon's turn, against the hard-hitting 22-year-old Cuban. Sixto Soria, a muscular man with a stunning right-hand punch. From the bell it was a war, neither man backing off: the Cuban faster, Spinks the harder hitter. Near the end of the first round, Spinks staggered the Cuban with a right, turned him around with a second and dropped him with a third. The second round was a repeat, only this time the Cuban managed to stay on his feet, battered but erect at the bell.
Then, bam! It was over. Early in the third round a right hand spun the Cuban again and Spinks chased him across the ring. A long right to the temple put Sixto on his face. He got up, took the count and then, with 1:51 to go, was pushed to his corner by Referee Boris Savin of the U.S.S.R.
Later, Sugar Ray was saying, "My journey has ended, my dream is fulfilled. I want to thank the people of Montreal, the people of Maryland, the people of the United States and the people of the world for everything. Now I want to go to school. I have been an example for the young people as a fighter. Now I want to show them that you can be a champion at school, too."
He smiled and then he added, "And I'll always remember the beautiful and wonderful feeling when they played the national anthem and they put that gold medal around my neck."