Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky 2021-02-06 19:46:09 –
Las Vegas — Former World Heavyweight Champion Leon Spinks Jr. Lost in a five-year battle with prostate cancer and other cancers, Friday at 8:15 pm at the age of 67
His wife, Brenda Guru Spinks, was by his side when he died. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there were only a few close friends and other family members.
Leon flexibly fought many illnesses without losing his trademark smile. Showing true Spinks determination, he never threw a towel.
Leon is remembered as his beloved husband, father and brother.
Leon served our country with the United States Marine Corps, which proudly represented when he won the gold medal at the 1976 Montreal Olympics.
However, Leon truly took his place in history when he defeated Muhammad Ali and shocked the world on February 15, 1978 in Las Vegas, Nevada, becoming the undisputed world heavyweight boxing champion. Hardened to. At just £ 197, it’s over £ 25.
Leon fought 72 professional battles, winning 46 of them.
Leon was born on July 11, 1953. He grew up on the Pruitt-Igo project in St. Louis, Missouri.
Leon discovered his passion for boxing as a young man while working for the Marine Corps. He soon began to build a reputation as a powerful and formidable opponent.
Tragedy and victory have been recurring themes throughout Leon’s life, but his willingness to fight has not diminished. He faced every challenge as well as his illness.
He married on October 9, 2011 in Las Vegas at a small ceremony witnessed by his longtime companion Brenda Guru Spinks and his close family friend Terra Trimble with Tony Orlando.
As an amateur boxer, Leon has won numerous medals in the lightweight division.
He won his first medal, the bronze medal, at the 1974 World Championships. In 1975, Leon won the silver medal at the Pan American Games. Leon’s amateur career culminated when he won the Olympic gold medal in 1976. Leon’s brother, Michael Spinks, won middleweight gold medals at these Olympics. Leon’s gold medal led him to the challenge of making the history of Muhammad Ali.
Leon was a true hero and loyal friend of many in the boxing world, including former opponents and peers such as Ken Norton, Muhammad Ali and Ray Leonard Jr., and lived outside the ring.
After moving to Las Vegas, his biggest victorious place in 2011, Leon has always been a fixture about the town, accompanied by his trademark smile.
He loved spending time with friends and family, attending concerts and local shows, dining at local restaurants, and signing signs and souvenirs for fans at the Inscriptagraphs and Field of Dreams on the Las Vegas Strip.
He was loved by the local community. Perhaps his most adorable demonstration was the 2013 Surprise 60th Birthday celebration in former Las Vegas Hilton, where Leon defeated Muhammad Ali in his first match and changed history.
The celebration was attended by many celebrities and boxing dignitaries, including Leon’s brother Michael Spinks and the legendary Jake “Raging Bull” LaMotta. During the festival, Leon was serenade by Quiet Riot’s lead singers Paul Shortino, John Payne, and the cast of the hit Las Vegas show “Raiding the Rock Vault.” It was officially announced that Leon was selected for the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame on the 39th anniversary of Leon’s defeat of Muhammad Ali.
At the ceremony, Leon stood up and simply said, “It’s about time!” In August 2017, Leon was inducted into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame with his brothers Michael Spinks, Thomas Hearns and Ken Norton.
Leon and Brenda traveled frequently throughout the United States, attending boxing events and ceremonies from California to New York City.
Curiously, there was no guidance, but Leon was a fixture in the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
Leon built a life defined by a will that matches incredible strength.
He was the best and most powerful athlete. However, he was a loving husband to his wife, Brenda, and a loving father and stepfather to his sons.
He was a devoted grandfather and a friend of those who knew him.
His final battle was fought with the same skills, elegance, and grit that led him to many life challenges.
This story was originally published by KTNV staff.