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'''[[:Category:Leon Spinks Gallery|Leon Spinks Gallery]]
 
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'''Leon Spinks''' is the brother of former Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight Champion [[Michael Spinks]], grandfather of [[Leon Spinks III]] and father of former Welterweight and Junior Middleweight Champion [[Cory Spinks]] and [[Leon Calvin]]. He served in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam era.
 
  
 
== Amateur Career ==
 
== Amateur Career ==
* 1974 Bronze Medalist (178 lbs) at the World Championships in Havana, Cuba. Results:
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*1974 Bronze Medalist (178 lbs) at the World Championships in Havana, Cuba. Results:
 
**[[Jacob Odong]] (Uganda) KO 1
 
**[[Jacob Odong]] (Uganda) KO 1
 
**Won 2nd round match on a walk over.
 
**Won 2nd round match on a walk over.
 
**[[Oleg Karatayev]] RCS by 3  
 
**[[Oleg Karatayev]] RCS by 3  
* 1974, 1975, and 1976 National AAU Champion (178 lbs)
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*1974, 1975, and 1976 National AAU Champion (178 lbs)
* 1976 Gold Medalist (178 lbs) at the [[Olympics]] in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Results:
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*1976 Gold Medalist (178 lbs) at the [[Olympics]] in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Results:
 
**[[Abellatif Fatihi]] (Morocco) KO 1
 
**[[Abellatif Fatihi]] (Morocco) KO 1
 
**[[Anatoly Klimanov]] (U.S.S.R.) on points 5-0
 
**[[Anatoly Klimanov]] (U.S.S.R.) on points 5-0
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== Professional Career ==
 
== Professional Career ==
In 1978, in just his eighth professional fight, with a professional career that included a total of 31 rounds, Spinks won the Undisputed World Heavyweight Championship with his shocking [[Fight:365|split decision victory]] over the legendary [[Muhammad Ali]]. The fight was named [[Ring Magazine Upset of the Year|Upset of the Year]] and [[Ring Magazine Fight of the Year|Fight of the Year]] by ''[[Ring Magazine|The Ring]]''. Spinks also received [[Ring Magazine Defunct Awards|''The Ring'' Progress of the Year]] Award.  
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In 1978, in just his eighth professional fight, with a professional career that included a total of 31 rounds, Spinks won the Undisputed World Heavyweight Championship with his shocking [[Fight:365|split decision victory]] over the legendary [[Muhammad Ali]]. The fight was named [[Ring Magazine Upset of the Year|Upset of the Year]] and [[Ring Magazine Fight of the Year|Fight of the Year]] by ''[[Ring Magazine|The Ring]]''. Spinks also received [[Ring Magazine Defunct Awards|''The Ring'' Progress of the Year]] Award.
  
 
In their [[Fight:22908|rematch]], seven months later, Ali regained the title in a listless bout by a decision.
 
In their [[Fight:22908|rematch]], seven months later, Ali regained the title in a listless bout by a decision.
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In 1981, Spinks attempted to regain the Heavyweight Championship when he [[Larry Holmes vs. Leon Spinks|fought]] [[Larry Holmes]], but was stopped in three rounds.
 
In 1981, Spinks attempted to regain the Heavyweight Championship when he [[Larry Holmes vs. Leon Spinks|fought]] [[Larry Holmes]], but was stopped in three rounds.
  
Spinks's last known appearance in a boxing ring was on August 29, 2001. He boxed an exhibition with [[Rick Wilson]] for charity in the Chicagoland area.  
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Spinks's last known appearance in a boxing ring was on August 29, 2001. He boxed an exhibition with [[Rick Wilson]] for charity in the Chicagoland area.
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== Life After Boxing ==
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Spinks, who now suffers from [[dementia pugilistica]], worked as a greeter at Mike Ditka's restaurant in Chicago, and in recent years, has lived in Columbus, Nebraska, working as a weekend custodian at a YMCA and sometimes unloading trucks at McDonald's. Spinks also volunteers to help the homeless. (''Riches To Rags'': [http://www.boston.com/sports/other_sports/boxing/articles/2005/12/21/riches_to_rags/])
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== Notes ==
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*Leon Spinks is the brother of former Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight Champion [[Michael Spinks]], grandfather of [[Leon Spinks III]] and father of former Welterweight and Junior Middleweight Champion [[Cory Spinks]] and [[Leon Calvin]].
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== Life After Boxing ==
 
Spinks, who now suffers from [[dementia pugilistica]], worked as a greeter at Mike Ditka's restaurant in Chicago, and in recent years, has lived in Columbus, Nebraska, working as a weekend custodian at a YMCA and sometimes unloading trucks at McDonald's. Spinks also volunteers to help the homeless. (''Riches To Rags'': [http://www.boston.com/sports/other_sports/boxing/articles/2005/12/21/riches_to_rags/])
 
  
 
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Revision as of 22:22, 15 January 2013

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Name: Leon Spinks
Alias: Neon Leon
Born: 1953-07-11
Birthplace: Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
Hometown: Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 6′ 1″   /   185cm
Reach: 76″   /   193cm
Boxing Record: click

Trainers: Sam Solomon, George Benton, Emanuel Steward
Managers: Mitt Barnes, Butch Lewis
Leon Spinks Gallery

Amateur Career


Preceded by:
D.C. Barker
NationalAAU
Light Heavyweight Champion

1974-1975-1976
Succeeded by:
Larry Strogen
Preceded by:
Mate Parlov
Olympic Gold Medalist
Light Heavyweight Champion

1976
Succeeded by:
Slobodan Kacar


Professional Career

In 1978, in just his eighth professional fight, with a professional career that included a total of 31 rounds, Spinks won the Undisputed World Heavyweight Championship with his shocking split decision victory over the legendary Muhammad Ali. The fight was named Upset of the Year and Fight of the Year by The Ring. Spinks also received The Ring Progress of the Year Award.

In their rematch, seven months later, Ali regained the title in a listless bout by a decision.

In 1981, Spinks attempted to regain the Heavyweight Championship when he fought Larry Holmes, but was stopped in three rounds.

Spinks's last known appearance in a boxing ring was on August 29, 2001. He boxed an exhibition with Rick Wilson for charity in the Chicagoland area.

Life After Boxing

Spinks, who now suffers from dementia pugilistica, worked as a greeter at Mike Ditka's restaurant in Chicago, and in recent years, has lived in Columbus, Nebraska, working as a weekend custodian at a YMCA and sometimes unloading trucks at McDonald's. Spinks also volunteers to help the homeless. (Riches To Rags: [1])

Notes

  • Leon Spinks is the brother of former Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight Champion Michael Spinks, grandfather of Leon Spinks III and father of former Welterweight and Junior Middleweight Champion Cory Spinks and Leon Calvin.
  • He served in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam era.


Preceded by:
Muhammad Ali
WBA Heavyweight Champion
1978 Feb 15 – 1978 Sep 15
Succeeded by:
Muhammad Ali
Preceded by:
Muhammad Ali
WBC Heavyweight Champion
1978 Feb 15 – 1978 Mar 18
Stripped
Succeeded by:
Ken Norton