Former heavyweight champion Leon Spinks passed away at the age of 67 after battling multiple cancers for over five years according to Firm PR, which represents him, and as reported by The Associated Press.
Leon Spinks was professional from 1977 to 1995 and had a professional record of 46 fights with 26 wins, 17 defeats and 3 draws.
In only his eighth professional fight, he won the undisputed heavyweight championship in 1978 by defeating Muhammad Ali in a split decision victory. Many considered this as one of the biggest upsets in boxing history. Spinks was later stripped of the WBC title for facing Ali in an unapproved rematch seven months later, which he lost by unanimous decision
In 1974, during his 1973-1976 service in the Marine Corps, Leon Spinks earned a bronze medal in the light heavyweight division at the inaugural World Amateur Boxing Championships in Havana
He then won the 1975 Amateur Athletic Union title and was runner-up in the finals of the 1975 Pan American Games. In 1976, he clinched the gold medal in the light heavyweight division at the Olympic Games in Montreal.
Spinks gained the reputation of being one of the best amateur boxers in the world by registering 133 knockouts over a three-year period
On Feb. 15, 1978, in Las Vegas, in one of boxing’s greatest upsets, Spinks won a split decision over heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali after going 15 rounds. Spinks became the heavyweight champion after only eight professional bouts, and he was the only man ever to take a world title away from Ali in the ring
Spinks is a 2016 All-Marine Boxing Hall of Fame member
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