Former heavyweight world champion, Leon Spinks has been reportedly hospitalized and in the care of an exceptional team of doctors fighting for his life.
National Sportslink learned that the wife of the 61-year-old legendary boxer has asked for prayers for her husband amid a media report that he is in a Las Vegas hospital in a serious condition.
“It’s been a tough year for us,” Brenda Spinks wrote in a Facebook post. “Leon has endured a lot of medical problems.
“Reaching out to ask you to kindly send some prayers out for my beautiful husband Leon. So that he may overcome the obstacles that have crossed his path. We love you all and appreciate your support.”
Celebrity website TMZ says Spinks is “fighting for his life” with an undisclosed condition.
The Hall of Fame boxer who shocked the world back in 1978 will forever be known for beating Muhammad Ali in one of boxing’s greatest upsets in their 1978 world heavyweight title fight.
Missouri-born Spinks had previously won gold at the 1976 Montreal Olympics. He has endured several health problems in recent years, and in 2014 underwent abdominal surgery.
Spinks fought 46 times throughout an 18-year professional career which saw him retire with a 26-17-3 record.
By far his biggest win came against Ali who he defeated via split decision to claim the WBC and WBA heavyweight titles in February 1978.
Ali reclaimed his WBA title back with a unanimous decision victory over Spinks in September 1978 and Spinks then lost his WBC title to Larry Holmes in June 1981.
Spinks is also a military veteran who served in the U.S. Marines from 1973 to 1976.
Oh Leon Spinks, one of the first boxers to fire my imagination and love for the sport just by hearing my Dad talk about him on the way to Sainsbury's. The epitome of relentless ferocity, and this golden night in Vegas against The Greatest will live forever https://t.co/5sEyPXquVs
— Damian McBride (@DPMcBride) December 11, 2019