Spinks, Leon

Spinks, Leon

▪ American boxer
born July 11, 1953, St. Louis, Mo., U.S.

      American boxer who won an Olympic gold medal in 1976 and was the world heavyweight champion in 1978. He and Michael Spinks (Spinks, Michael) became the first brothers to win gold medals in the same sport at the same Olympics and, as professional champions, the first brothers in boxing history to win world titles.

      Spinks, a light heavyweight, had a successful amateur boxing career. Although he lost in the finals of the 1976 Pan American Games, he beat Sixto Soria of Cuba for the light heavyweight title at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal. In 1977 Spinks (6 feet 1 inch [1.85 metres] tall) began to fight professionally, moving up to the heavyweight division. After seven bouts he challenged Muhammad Ali (Ali, Muhammad) for the world heavyweight title in February 1978 in Las Vegas and upset the champion in a split decision. In New Orleans seven months later, however, Ali won a rematch. In 1981 Spinks challenged Larry Holmes (Holmes, Larry) for the heavyweight title and lost in three rounds. He fought just one more title fight in his career; after dropping 10 pounds to box at the newly formed cruiserweight level, he lost in six rounds to Dwight Qawi in 1986. Spinks retired from professional boxing in 1995, having won 26 of his 46 bouts, 14 of which were by knockouts.

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