Muhammad Ali vs. Leon Spinks (1st meeting)

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1978-02-15 : Leon Spinks 197¼ lbs beat Muhammad Ali 224¼ lbs by SD in round 15 of 15


Notes

  • The Associated Press scored the fight 143-142 for Ali, but gave Spinks the last three rounds.
  • Named 1978 Fight of the Year by The Ring.
  • Spinks was stripped of the WBC title after he chose to give Ali a rematch instead of making his first title defense against Ken Norton, the WBC #1 contender.

Quotes

  • "I let him rob my house while I was out to lunch." - Ali reflecting on his loss to Leon Spinks
  • "I'm the latest, but he's the greatest.” - Spinks speaking to the press after the fight

Newspaper Articles

  • AP, December 2, 1977 [1]
  • AP, December 2, 1977 [2]
  • AP, February 14, 1978 [3]
  • AP, February 15, 1978 [4]
  • Washington Post, AP, UPI, February 16, 1978 [5]
  • Combined Press Wire Services, February 16, 1978 [6]
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