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Old 02-06-2021, 08:51 PM
 
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Leon Spinks who suprised and beat Ali in a title fight has died at 67 from medical issues including prostate cancer.

https://ktla.com/news/nationworld/bo...e-with-cancer/

I remember that fight. One for the books.

RIP
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Old 02-10-2021, 06:46 AM
 
Location: Sioux Falls, SD area
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Leon Spinks who suprised and beat Ali in a title fight has died at 67 from medical issues including prostate cancer.

https://ktla.com/news/nationworld/bo...e-with-cancer/

I remember that fight. One for the books.

RIP
I remember the fight well. I was playing in a nightclub and sneaking in the kitchen during the breaks to watch it on the TV they had in there. It was a shocking, gutsy performance by a guy whose skills weren't even close to his opponent, yet beat him.
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Old 02-10-2021, 04:38 PM
 
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Someone posted a clip of that fight on Youtube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rz49nzEuyXg
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Old 02-25-2021, 02:41 PM
 
Location: California
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Leon Spinks who suprised and beat Ali in a title fight has died at 67 from medical issues including prostate cancer.

https://ktla.com/news/nationworld/bo...e-with-cancer/

I remember that fight. One for the books.

RIP
I remember that night too when Spinks beat Ali. I think his record was only like 6-0-1 if I remember correctly when he beat Ali. My first thought was Ali threw the fight so he could easily win back the heavyweight title in a rematch. And that is exactly what happened. I noticed no news agency ever brought it up, so perhaps it was only in my thoughts. But... to this day I still half think that is what happened.

Just saying....
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Old 03-07-2021, 09:49 PM
 
Location: Encino, CA
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Dude was 26-17. Very far from being "Legendary". Only famous for having no teeth and getting lucky in his first fight against Ali.
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Old 03-08-2021, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Sioux Falls, SD area
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Dude was 26-17. Very far from being "Legendary". Only famous for having no teeth and getting lucky in his first fight against Ali.
His moment in the sun wasn't luck, but pure aggressive determination when he beat Ali. Ali didn't throw that fight. He just couldn't match the animalistic craziness of Spinks that night. He was like a caged animal. Spinks never recaptured this aggression after the fight and without it, his lack of skill was his undoing. Without a doubt, his brother Michael was a much better boxer.
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Old 06-29-2021, 03:40 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque
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Born exactly a month after I was. I remember seeing him in the 1976 Olympics when stationed at RAF Bentwaters.
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Old 01-17-2022, 01:11 PM
 
Location: California
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I don't know if I would call Spinks a legend, sure he beat Ali for the title, but something about that fight just didn't sit well with me. Maybe Ali didn't take him seriously, you never know. Ali get a rematch and wins it back very easily. hummm
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Old 01-30-2022, 12:28 PM
 
Location: Newburyport, MA
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Wow, sorry to hear that. And maybe Spinks isn't in the discussion for GOAT (like Ali), but you're not an Olympic Gold Medalist and a heavyweight champion for nothing. He was a very talented and hard-nosed boxer. He was on the small side to be in the heavyweight division - the guy only weighed 197lb when he beat Ali for the title...
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