Former WBC and WBA world heavyweight champion, American boxer Leon Spinks died at the age of 67. It was reported by BoxingScene.
Spinks had been fighting prostate cancer for the last five years. His wife Brenda was by his side for the last moments of his life.
Spinks is the 1976 Olympic champion. He became world-famous after he defeated Muhammad Ali in February 1978. At the time Ali was planning to end his career with this fight, he was counting on an easy win and hardly trained. In the end, Spinks won by split decision.
For the rematch, Ali changed his mind to end his career and in September 1978, he defeated Spinks by unanimous decision. Spinks had 46 fights in total, 26 wins, 17 losses and 3 draws.
In September 2013, former world boxing champion American Ken Norton, who defeated Muhammad Ali in 1973, passed away at the age of 70. In 1977, Spinks, who owned the title, turned down a fight with Norton for a fight with Ali. The WBC stripped Spinks and gave the title to Norton, who soon lost the title to Holmes.