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Leon Spinks

Born: Jul 11, 1953

Birthplace: St. Louis

Profession: Actor

Nationality: United States

Leon Spinks

Date of Birth : Jul 11, 1953
Birth Place : St. Louis

Leon Spinks is an American former boxer, who had an overall record of 26 wins, 17 losses and three draws as a professional, with 14 of those wins by knockout. He is the only man to hold titles in both boxing and wrestling. In only his eighth professional bout, Spinks won the undisputed world heavyweight championship when he beat Muhammad Ali on February 15, 1978, in what was considered one of the biggest upsets in boxing history. However, he was stripped of the WBC title for fighting Ali in an unapproved rematch seven months later, which he lost by a 15-round unanimous decision. Besides being heavyweight champion and his characteristic gap-toothed grin, Spinks gained notoriety for the disaster which befell his career following the loss to Ali. Prior to turning professional, Spinks won a bronze medal at the inaugural 1974 World Amateur Boxing Championships in Havana. Two years later, he capped off his amateur career by winning a gold medal in the light heavyweight division at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, alongside his brother Michael Spinks, who won the gold at middleweight.


  • Actor
  • Professional Boxer

Also known as

  • Neon Leon


  • Nova Spinks


  • Cory Spinks
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