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On This Day: Leon Spinks shocks Muhammad Ali and the world

How the king of the ring – Muhammad Ali – surrendered his crown to the kid from St Louis in 1978 "I Couldn’t Have Lost To A Better Man" Leon's victory was the biggest upset in a heavyweight title fight since Ali forced Sonny Liston to quit on his stool
Muhammad Ali vs Leon Spinks
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THE unheralded kid from the St Louis ghetto shocked the boxing world as Leon Spinks battled his way to a 15 rounds split decision victory over Muhammad Ali to become the new heavyweight champion of the world on February 15, 1978.

A crowd of 5,300 at the Las Vegas Hilton Sports Pavilion, and millions watching TV pictures throughout the world, saw a gruelling, exciting fight with the 24-year-old Spinks proving too young, too determined and too insistent for the 36-year-old champion.

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