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Former heavyweight champion Leon Spinks passes away at the age of 67
Former boxing heavyweight champion Leon Spinks died on Friday night at the age of 67, according to reports.
Spinks passed away with his wife, Brenda, by his side. Spinks reportedly had battled with prostate cancer and various other cancers during the past 5 years.
Spinks was born in 1953 in St. Louis, Missouri. He was a former Marine. One of Spinks biggest accomplishments in his career when he won the gold medal as a light heavyweight in 1976 at the Olympics. He later defeated Hall of Fame legend Muhammad Ali on February 15, 1978 in Las Vegas. He later was stripped of the WBC title due to him refusing to fight top contender Ken Norton. Spinks fought Ali in a rematch but lost by unanimous decision.
Spinks went on with his boxing career only fighting for the heavyweight championship one more time, he lost to heavyweight champion Larry Holmes by TKO in June of 1981.
Spinks retired in 1995 at the age of 42 after he lost in a unanimous decision to Fred Houpe. His final boxing record is 26-17-3 (14 KO's).
Spinks is the older brother of former heavyweight and light heavyweight champion Michael Spinks and the father of former undisputed welterweight world champion Cory Spinks.