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Leon Spinks, heavyweight boxer who beat Muhammad Ali, dies at age 67

Spinks, an Olympic gold medallist, stunningly beat Ali and took heavyweight title in 1978

Leon Spinks – who won Olympic gold and then shocked the boxing world by beating Muhammad Ali to win the heavyweight title in only his eighth pro fight – has died. He was 67.

Spinks, who lived his later years in Las Vegas, died on Friday night, according to a release from a public relations firm. He had contracted prostate and other cancers. His wife, Brenda Glur Spinks, and a few close friends and other family members were by his side when he died.

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