Leon Spinks, who surprised the boxing world by beating Muhammad Ali for the world heavyweight title in 1978, died Friday night at age 67, according to the Firm PR, a public relations firm that represents him.
Spinks, who had been suffering from prostate and other cancers for five years, died with his wife, Brenda, by his side, the firm said.
The St. Louis native, a former Marine who won a gold medal as a light heavyweight at the 1976 Olympics, was just 13 months and eight fights into his pro boxing career when he stepped into a ring against Ali on Feb. 15, 1978, in Las Vegas.
Post by PEE-S-T of FAN on Feb 7, 2021 23:05:17 GMT -5
People remember the match between Taz and Paul Varelans, but they also wanted to do Taz vs. Spinks. The set up was going to be Spinks watching one of Taz's matches from the crowd, with him being shown on camera reacting. Only problem was, when it came time for the match, they couldn't show Spinks on camera, because he was puking.