Spinks Shows ‘Small Signs’ of Improvement

Former undisputed heavyweight champion Leon Spinks, who is currently fighting for his life and in intensive care, has shown “small signs” of improvement, according to a statement from his family released on December 13.

“Leon is currently in intensive care at a Las Vegas hospital receiving attentive medical care to suppress prostate cancer which he was diagnosed with earlier this year and has since spread to his bladder,” a family spokesperson said. “The last few months have been an agonizing roller coaster for Leon and his wife, Brenda, with continuous hospital stays. Leon is showing small signs of improvement and progress.

“A miraculous fighter his entire life, we are optimistic and hopeful that he will move out of ICU soon. The power of prayer is real, and his family is beyond grateful for all of the tremendous love and support.”

Before turning pro, Spinks was an accomplished amateur, winning a bronze medal at the 1974 World Championships, silver at the 1975 Pan-American Games and gold at the 1976 Olympics — all at light heavyweight.

At just 6-0-1, he was given the chance to challenge then-heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali. And in a major upset, Spinks defeated Ali by split decision in February 1978 to become heavyweight champion of the world. He lost the undisputed crown back to Ali in a September rematch.

Spinks was inducted into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame in 2017.

Original Story: TMZ

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