Former boxing champion Leon Spinks – who upset Mohammed Ali in 1978 – is hospitalized in Las Vegas, while the 66-year-old family pleads for fans to pray that he will weather the storm & # 39 ;
- Boxing legend, Olympic gold medalist and former US Marine Leon Spinks, 66, fights for his life in a Las Vegas hospital, his family revealed on social media
- He has recently suffered from ill health. He was previously hospitalized in 2014 after chicken bones caused significant damage to his gut
- A member of the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame, Spinks is best remembered for disrupting Muhammad Ali in 1978 to the heavyweight title
- Ali won their rematch while Spinks only went 19-16-2 over the rest of his career
- Spinks is a retired member of the US Marines and an Olympic gold medalist
Spinks' exact diagnosis has not been revealed, but his wife asked for prayers
Boxing Legend, Olympic Gold Medalist and former US Navy Leon Spinks fights for his life in a hospital in Las Vegas .
The precise condition of the 66-year-old has not been revealed, but his wife has prayed on social media.
& # 39; Dear friends & # 39 ;, wrote Brenda Glur Spinks on Facebook. & # 39; I know it was a while ago. However, you know how I believe in the power of prayer. It was a difficult year for us. Leon has endured many medical problems. I stretch out to ask you to kindly pray for my beautiful husband Leon [so that] He can overcome the obstacles that have come across his path. & # 39;
His son, Leon Spinks III, also called for prayers on Facebook.
& # 39; As you all know by now, I am a very private person and I NEVER seek attention or emotional support for the uncontrollable life that seems to throw me through social media, & # 39; wrote Spinks III, & # 39; but this is for the record My Papa is not doing so well now & his wife Brenda Glur Spinks and I ask you to pray that he has this storm (sic) again. my father is all I have left and I really appreciate it if you let God know that he is not alone in this fight. & # 39;
Spinks have suffered from poor health in recent years He was previously hospitalized in 2014 after chicken bones caused significant damage to his gut, according to TMZ . He then underwent various operations.
As a member of the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame, Spinks is best remembered because he upset Muhammad Ali in 1978 to win the heavyweight title.
Ali won his rematch and marked his last victory in the ring, while Spinks only went 19-16-2 over the rest of his career.
Before Spinks became heavyweight champion, Spinks served three years in the US Marines before winning gold as a light heavyweight at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal
Spinks also adorned one of the most famous Sports Illustrated covers, showing off his gap-toothed smile in a 1978 edition.
His younger brother, Michael, started his boxing career with a 31-0 record before he became famous through a knockout in the first round by Mike Tyson in 1988 and then immediately retired.