Leon Spinks, the former WBC and WBA world heavyweight champion, died at the age of 67, BoxingScene reported Saturday, February 6.
Spinks had been battling prostate cancer for the past five years. He had his wife Brenda by his side for the last moments of his life.
Leon Spinks, born July 11, 1953, is Olympic champion of 1976, WBC heavyweight champion (WBC, 1978; WBA, 1978) and WBA heavyweight champion of 1978. He became world famous after his sensational 1978 victory over the legendary Muhammad Ali.
At that time, 36-years-old Ali was planning to end his career after that fight, expected an easy win and hardly trained. But Spinks, who fought his eighth fight as a pro, won by split decision.
For the rematch, Ali changed his mind to end his career and defeated Spinks by unanimous decision of the judges in September of that year.
Spinks had 46 fights in total, 26 wins, 17 losses and three draws.