Leon Spinks( Athlete, Boxer)
Comments for Leon Spinks
Biography Leon Spinks
(July 11, 1953 - ...)
As a boxer Spinks differs extraordinary physical strength, endurance and aggression, holds its fights constantly attacking style. Its menacing side impact left on the floor ring hath caused a lot of the most the "impregnable". All these qualities L. Spinks fully proved during the XXI Olympic Games in Montreal, where he won a gold medal. As an amateur he had 185 fights, winning them 178 victories.
Leon Spinks was born on July 11, 1953 in St. Louis in a poor black family. Boxing training received in the army, marines. Spinks was then 17 years. In amateur boxing young athlete quickly achieved impressive success - twice won the national championship, . was a champion of the Navy, . the first world championship amateur won a bronze medal, . losing in the semifinals in a difficult encounter battle Muscovite Oleg Korotaev,
. In 1975 in Mexico City, participating in the tournament VII Pan-American Games, took the second step of the podium.
. As a boxer Spinks differs extraordinary physical strength, endurance and aggression, holds its fights constantly attacking style
. Its menacing side impact left on the floor ring hath caused a lot of the most the "impregnable". All these qualities L. Spinks fully proved during the XXI Olympic Games in Montreal, where he won a gold medal. As an amateur he had 185 fights, winning them 178 victories.
After serving in the armed forces, Leon Spinks joined the professionals. He made his debut at light heavyweight, but then quickly moved into a heavy. After a few minor victories over the Boxers in the list of applicants to meet with world champion Leon Spinks won the tenth line.
Meanwhile, reigning champion Muhammad Ali won an equal match "uncomfortable" for his rival Ken Norton. In May 1977 the contract was awarded to their new meeting. As an intermediate round was designed to match with the champion of the Olympic Games-76 light heavyweight champion, beginners prfessionalom a 24-year old Leon Spinks.
Newspapers heralded: "Mohammed Ali expects easy target of three million dollars!", "In Las Vegas would not be boxing, and sports a farce!". Otherwise consider only unexpected challenger and his general manager, Sam Solomon.
... Ali started the fight safely. I gave the initiative away in the dead of defense to wear down Spinks. A champion Leon showered a hail of blows, often useless - on gloves. Ali, as usual, showed great skill defense, but Spinks scored. And so on until the tenth round. Ali seemed fresh, but his counterattacks are not successful. Champion, however, was true to his tactics. All agreed last round. Powerful strikes shook the Olympic champion Ali. Moreover, in the last 30 seconds of Leon so surpassed his 36-year-old rival, that he nearly finished the fight knockout punch. Judges 2:1 gave the victory of Leon Spinks.
Management WBA decided to hold a rematch, which was scheduled for September 15 in New Orleans. In turn, IBD suggested a new champion fight with challenger бL 1 Ken Norton, which Spinks declined, and was deprived of this organization the title of world champion.
September 15, 1978 in the gym "Superdom in New Orleans held a rematch between Spinks and Ali.
Even a few missed hard blows, M. Ali conducted the fight and successfully brought him to the finish. Judges are still counting the points, and L. Spinks has already approached the first opponent and congratulated him on his victory. All three judges awarded the victory M. Ali.
Leon Spinks played for another professional ring to the end of 1995, but to repeat its success could not.