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Sports Leon Spinks battling major health issue

07:36  12 december  2019
07:36  12 december  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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Boxing legend Leon Spinks -- who famously beat Muhammad Ali in 1978 -- is fighting for his life in a Vegas hospital. Spinks has fought back from serious medical situations in the past -- he was hospitalized in 2014 after a piece of bone from a chicken wing caused major damage to his intestines.

Leon Spinks , the former undisputed heavyweight boxing champion who in 1978 defeated Muhammad Ali in one of the biggest upsets in the sport’s history, is reportedly battling health complications in a Las Vegas hospital. Spinks , 66, was apparently “fighting for his life” in the hospital, TMZ Sports reported

Leon Spinks© Gabe Ginsberg Leon Spinks Former heavyweight boxing champion Leon Spinks, best known for a memorable upset victory over Muhammad Ali, is battling for his life in a Las Vegas hospital, his wife posted to social media.

It isn't known what ailment is bothering the 66-year-old Spinks but his wife, Brenda Glur Spinks, wrote a Facebook post asking for prayers.

"I know it's been awhile. However, you know how I Believe in the Power of Prayer. It's been a tough year for us. Leon has endured a lot of medical problems. I'm reaching out to ask you to kindly pray for my Beautiful Husband Leon so that he may overcome the obstacles that have crossed his path," Brenda Glur Spinks wrote.

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Leon Spinks (born July 11, 1953) is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1977 to 1995. In only his eighth professional fight

Leon Spinks , the former undisputed heavyweight boxing champion who in 1978 defeated Muhammad Ali in one of the biggest upsets in the sport’s history, is reportedly battling health complications in a Las Vegas hospital. Spinks , 66, was apparently “fighting for his life” in the hospital, TMZ Sports reported

Son Leon Spinks III also requested prayers on Facebook.

The elder Spinks has reportedly had other health issues this decade, including a 2012 diagnosis of brain shrinkage that doctors believe is due to blows he absorbed in his career. He also endured abdominal problems in 2014 that led to multiple surgeries.

Spinks recorded one of the biggest upsets in boxing history when he defeated the legendary Ali in a 15-round split decision in 1978. It was only the eighth bout as a professional for Spinks.

Ali won a unanimous 15-round decision in a rematch later in the year, while Spinks' career careened downhill and he finished with a 26-17-3 record with 14 knockouts.

Spinks also won a gold medal as a light heavyweight in the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. He is a member of the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame.

Spinks' brother, Michael Spinks, went 31-1 in his boxing career. Michael Spinks retired after suffering a first-round knockout at the hands of Mike Tyson in 1988.

--Field Level Media

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