American professional boxer, Leon Spinks has succumbed to prostate cancer on Friday evening in Henderson, Nevada in the United States, after battling the disease for five years.
The 67-year-old former heavyweight champion was surrounded by family, including his wife Brenda and son Cory at the time of his demise.
Spinks’ professional fighting career spanned almost two decades from 1977-1995.
In only his eighth professional fight, he won the undisputed heavyweight championship in 1978 after defeating Muhammad Ali in a split decision, in what was considered one of the biggest upsets in boxing history.
The deceased was later stripped of the WBC title for facing Ali in an unapproved rematch which he lost by unanimous decision.
Spinks retired in 1995 with 26 victories (14 by knockouts), 17 losses and three draws.