Boxing legend Leon Spinks, the man who defeated Muhammad Ali, has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, that has spread to his bladder.
According to Sun Sport, the 66-year-old former world heavyweight champion, was rushed to a Las Vegas hospital in a serious condition.
His wife, Brenda confirmed the sad news about her husband.
‘It’s going to be a long road and a lot of work,’ Brenda Spinks said in a statement to USA TODAY Sports. ‘But we are bound and determined for the Champ to make a comeback!’
According to the US publication, Spinks is now back at his family home in Nevada after being discharged from hospital in Las Vegas on New Year’s Eve. He is expected to undergo cancer treatment on an outpatient basis.
Spinks won Olympic Gold for USA in 1976 before upsetting Ali two years later.
Unfortunately he was not successful in the rematch, losing the belt via unanimous decision at the Louisiana Superdome on September 15, 1978.
He retired in 1995 with a record 26 wins, 17 defeats and three draws.