Leon Spinks: Former heavyweight champion who beat Muhammad Ali battles prostate cancer

Leon Spinks: Former heavyweight champion who beat Muhammad Ali battles prostate cancer

- Leon Spinks has been hit by life-threatening ailment cancer

- The former world champion is in Las Vegas hospital according to his wife

- Spinks caused one of the greatest upsets in history when he beat Muhammed Ali

Boxing legend, Leon Spinks, is currently battling with prostate cancer and has been taken to Las Vegas hospital in the United States, according to his wife Brenda.

Spinks, a former boxing champion, caused one of the greatest upsets in history when he won the undisputed heavyweight world championship in 1978 by defeating Muhammed Ali via split decision.

He had also won gold at the Montreal Olympics as a light heavyweight before finishing his professional boxing career with a record of 26-17-3 (14 KOs).

The 66-year-old former Olympic Gold medalist is considered as one the greatest names to ever grace the boxing stage.

But his influence has been dimmed by age, with latest report from his wife claiming the former world star is currently fighting for his life after being hit by the deadly disease cancer.

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"It's going to be a long road and a lot of work," Brenda said in a statement to USA Today.

"But we are bound and determined for the champ to make a comeback. We are very thankful for the outpouring of loving thoughts and prayers worldwide.

Brenda also said the former world champion is recuperating and heading towards the right direction.

"This amazing positive power has helped set Leon headed in the right direction."

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