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Leon Spinks - Amateur Career, Trivia

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Boxer, born in St Louis, Missouri, USA. He won a gold medal in the light heavyweight division at the 1976 Olympic Games, and went on to briefly hold the world heavyweight title in a split decision over Muhammad Ali in 1978. His brother Michael Spinks (1956– ) also won the heavyweight title (1983), making them the only brothers to hold world boxing titles. Leon's son, Cory Spinks (1978– ), became IBF junior middleweight champion in 2006.

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