Boxing champ Leon Spinks dies at 67

Former heavyweight boxing champion Leon Spinks, who as soon as beat Muhammad Ali, died Friday evening with spouse at his aspect after a five-year combat with most cancers, a spokesperson stated in an announcement. He was 67.

Spinks battled prostate and different cancers earlier than his demise within the Las Vegas space, the spokesperson stated.

Spinks gained 46 of 72 skilled fights. His most noteworthy battle got here on Feb. 15, 1978, when he was granted a call victory over Ali, incomes Spinks the world heavyweight title.

Earlier than that, the St. Louis native served within the U.S. Marine Corps, gained a bronze medal throughout the 1974 boxing world championships and silver within the 1975 Pan America Video games. The following yr he scored a gold medal on the Montreal Olympics.

He known as boxing greats Ali, Ken Norton and Sugar Ray Leonard pals. He moved to better Las Vegas in 2011, the yr he married his spouse, Brenda Glur Spinks.

He was inducted into the Nevada Boxing Corridor of Fame however not the Worldwide Boxing Corridor of Fame.

His household stated he was a father, stepfather and grandfather.

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