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Leon Spinks, former world heavyweight champion who upset Ali, dies aged 67

  • Former Olympic and heavyweight champion dies aged 67
  • Spinks upset Ali for title in only eighth professional fight

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 Friday night, according to a release from a public relations firm. He had been battling prostate and other cancers.

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