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The Biofile Get 2 Know Leon Spinks


Status: Former World Heavyweight Champion in 1978. Boxed professionally from 1977-1995. His ring record is 26-17-3 (14 KOs).

Ht: 6-1 Wt: 220

DOB: July 11, 1953 In: St. Louis, Missouri

Childhood Hero: Muhammad Ali.

Nicknames: Vampire, Neon Leon, Junior.

Hobbies/Interests: I like training my sons, time with my grandson and wife and
dancing.

Pre-Fight Feeling: I tried to keep my mind on my fight. Call on The Lord, Hey Lord, help me go through what I’m going through.

Favorite Movies: I love horror movies – Halloween, Frankenstein, The Wolfman, Zombies, Child’s Play [laughs].

Musical Tastes: Jazz.

Favorite TV Shows: All horror movies.

First Job: Selling newspapers for the St. Louis Post Dispatch when I was 11.

First Car: 1978 gray and black Cadillac.

Favorite Meal: Meatloaf.

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Walnut.

Favorite Breakfast: Bacon and eggs.

Greatest Sports Moment: When I beat Muhammad Ali (1978). No…when I won the
Olympics. With on overhand right in the third round (to KO Sixto Soria of Cuba in 1976 in Montreal). Because I did it for my country. That was good for me. I loved representing the United States.

Most Painful Moment: When I lost to Larry Holmes (by TKO 3 in Detroit in 1981). My last chance at the title.

Favorite Boxers To Watch: Tim Witherspoon, Lennox Lewis, Evander Holyfield, my son Cory.

Worst Injury From Boxing: When I got knocked on my ass [smiles].

Hardest Puncher: I haven’t found him yet [smiles].

Toughest Opponent: Ali. I was scared, that’s why.

Most Treasured Possession: My brother Michael. My most treasured possession. He’s still within my heart. I be lookin’ out for him.

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