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Former Heavyweight Champion Leon Spinks Fighting Life’s Biggest Bout

By Published March 19, 2020

On Feb. 15, 1978, 24-year-old underdog, Leon Spinks upset the boxing world when he survived a gruelling 15-round split decision win against Mohammad Ali.

Today at 66, Leon Spinks is fighting the biggest battle of his life having been diagnosed with prostate cancer, he underwent three rounds of chemotherapy when Doctors found out that the cancer has spread to his bones and gave the heavy weight boxing champ about two weeks to live.

Spinks, who also suffers from dementia now spend most of his day in a wheel chair and seek comfort in medicinal marijuana to numb pain and calm his nerves enough to make him compliant while the team of physical therapist come in to help him walk again.

The 1976 Olympic gold medallist made $320,000 for his first fight against Ali and more than $3 million, his biggest career payday from the rematch where he lost to Ali by unanimous decision.

To offset his medical bills, Spinks holds private autograph sessions in his two-bedroom, three-bathroom house, about 20 miles south of Las Vegas he shares with third wife Brenda.

Spinks also suffered from aspiration pneumonia, a staph infection, sepsis, inflammation of the colon and showed early signs of renal failure, according to Brenda. She said they inserted a feeding tube in his abdomen because he stopped eating.

Brenda also said they have gotten support from Spinks' brother, Michael, the former heavyweight and light heavyweight boxing champion; Spinks' sister, Karen, who spent a month with the family; Spinks' sons, Corey and Daryl; Spinks' grandson Leon Spinks III; and Brenda's sister, Sherry.

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