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Former heavyweight champion Leon Spinks Jr. dies at 67

He rose in prominence when he beat Muhammad Ali for the heavyweight title in 1978.
Credit: AP
FILE - In this Feb. 15, 1978, file photo, Leon Spinks celebrates as his entourage holds him aloft after his 15-round split decision victory over world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali in Las Vegas. Former heavyweight champion Leon Spinks Jr. died Friday night, Feb. 5, 2021, after battling prostate and other cancers. He was 67. (AP Photo/FIle)

LAS VEGAS — LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former heavyweight champion Leon Spinks Jr. has died after battling prostate and other cancers.

 He was 67. A release from a public relations firm says Spinks died Friday night. 

His wife, Brenda Glur Spinks, and a few close friends and other family members were by his side when he passed away.

Spinks won gold at the 1976 Montreal Olympics.

But he rose in prominence when he beat Muhammad Ali for the heavyweight title in 1978.

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