Former world heavyweight champion Leon Spinks has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, confirmed his wife Brenda.
The news comes after Sun Sport reported last month the 66-year-old was rushed to a Las Vegas hospital in a serious condition.
The medical condition of the boxer, who shocked the world by beating Muhammad Ali in 1978, was unclear but his partner posted on social media asking people to “pray for my beautiful husband.”
Now Brenda has revealed the cancer has spread to Spinks’ bladder.
She told USA Today:
“It’s going to be a long road and a lot of work.
“But we are bound and determined for the champ to make a comeback.”
Brenda also says her husband has returned home and will undergo cancer treatment on an outpatient basis.
Spinks who won the Olympic Gold for the USA in 1976, defeated Muhammad Ali in 1978. He retired in 1995 with a record of 26 wins, 17 defeats, and three draws.