Leon Spinks (Neon) was an American professional boxer. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S. on July 11, 1953. Spinks made his professional boxing debut at the age of 23 against Bob Smith on January 15, 1977. He was a heavyweight world champion. Spinks died on February 5, 2021 at the age of 68 years.
In a career spanning 18 years and 10 months, Leon Spinks fought 46 times with 26 wins, 17 losses, and 3 draws. By his last professional fight on December 4, 1995, Spinks' record stood at 26-17-3 (14 KOs). In total, he fought 323 rounds of professional boxing in 46 bouts.
|Total Title Wins||3|
|Title-Fight KO Wins||0|
|Losses via KO||9|
|46||Dec 4, 1995||42||Fred Houpe||Loss||UD|
|45||Jun 19, 1995||41||Ray Kipping||Win||UD|
|44||Oct 22, 1994||41||John Carlo||Loss||KO1|
|43||Oct 1, 1994||41||Shane Sutcliffe||Loss||UD|
|42||Jun 22, 1994||40||Eddie Curry||Win||DQ|
|41||Feb 27, 1993||39||James Wilder||Loss||PTS|
|40||Dec 11, 1992||39||Kevin Poindexter||Win||KO1|
|39||Sep 26, 1992||39||Kevin Porter||Loss||PTS|
|38||Jul 24, 1992||39||Jack Jackson||Win||KO3|
|37||Jun 17, 1992||38||Rocky Bentley||Win||PTS|
|36||Mar 20, 1992||38||Rick Myers||Win||UD|
|35||Feb 28, 1992||38||Andre Crowder||Win||SD|
|34||Nov 15, 1991||38||Lupe Guerra||Win||KO3|
|33||May 30, 1988||34||Tony Morrison||Loss||TKO1|
|32||Mar 18, 1988||34||Randall Cobb||Loss||MD|
|31||Dec 20, 1987||34||Ladislao Mijangos||Loss||SD|
|30||Oct 20, 1987||34||Terry Mims||Loss||SD|
|29||Aug 29, 1987||34||Jim Ashard||Draw||SD|
|28||May 22, 1987||33||Angelo Musone||Loss||KO7|
|27||Apr 28, 1987||33||Jeff Jordan||Win||SD|
|26||Jan 17, 1987||33||José Ribalta||Loss||TKO1|
|25||Aug 2, 1986||33||Rocky Sekorski||Loss||TKO6|
|24||Mar 22, 1986||32||Dwight Muhammad Qawi||Loss||TKO6|
|23||Dec 13, 1985||32||Kip Kane||Win||TKO8|
|22||Jun 29, 1985||31||Tom Franco Thomas||Win||UD|
|21||May 9, 1985||31||Tom Fischer||Win||UD|
|20||Apr 9, 1985||31||Rick Kellar||Win||TKO2|
|19||Feb 21, 1985||31||Lupe Guerra||Win||TKO4|
|18||Mar 6, 1983||29||Carlos de León||Loss||RTD6|
|17||Oct 31, 1982||29||Jesse Burnett||Win||UD|
|16||Feb 24, 1982||28||Ivy Brown||Win||UD|
|15||Jun 12, 1981||27||Larry Holmes||Loss||TKO3|
|14||Oct 2, 1980||27||Bernardo Mercado||Win||TKO9|
|13||May 3, 1980||26||Kevin Isaac||Win||TKO8|
|12||Mar 8, 1980||26||Eddie López||Draw||SD|
|11||Jan 12, 1980||26||Alfredo Evangelista||Win||KO5|
|10||Jun 24, 1979||25||Gerrie Coetzee||Loss||TKO1|
|9||Sep 15, 1978||25||Muhammad Ali||Loss||UD|
|8||Feb 15, 1978||24||Muhammad Ali||Win||SD|
|7||Nov 18, 1977||24||Alfio Righetti||Win||UD|
|6||Oct 22, 1977||24||Scott LeDoux||Draw||SD|
|5||Jun 1, 1977||23||Bruce Scott||Win||KO3|
|4||May 7, 1977||23||Pedro Agosto||Win||KO1|
|3||Mar 20, 1977||23||Jerry McIntyre||Win||KO1|
|2||Mar 5, 1977||23||Peter Freeman||Win||KO1|
|1||Jan 15, 1977||23||Bob Smith||Win||TKO5|
Leon Spinks was active from from 1977 to 1995. He started boxing professionally at 23 years of age; Spinks debuted against Bob Smith on January 15, 1977, and defeated Smith via 5th round TKO.
He had his first world title fight at the age of 24 on February 15, 1978 after 7 professional fights against Muhammad Ali for the heavyweight WBA, WBC, and The Ring titles. Spinks defeated Ali via 15 round split-decision to become the new heavyweight champion of the world.
Spinks' notable victories include wins over Muhammad Ali, Alfredo Evangelista, Rick Kellar, Bernardo Mercado, Lupe Guerra, Kevin Poindexter, and Kevin Isaac. For a complete list of Spinks' best performances refer to Leon Spinks' best fights.
His last professional fight was a non-title bout against Fred Houpe at 42 years of age, on December 4, 1995. Spinks lost the fight via 8 round unanimous decision.
Leon Spinks fought for world titles in three fights and won once. In total, he won three belts at heavyweight (WBA, WBC, The Ring). He was a one-time undisputed heavyweight world champion.
|Feb 15, 1978+||Muhammad Ali||HV||WBA, WBC, The Ring|
Spinks knocked out 14 of his 46 opponents. By his last fight, his KO ratio was at 30.4%. Of his total 26 wins, 14 of them were via KO (53.8%).
Leon Spinks had a total of 17 losses in 46 fights — three of them in title bouts and 14 in non-title bouts. He suffered his first loss against Muhammad Ali via 15 round UD in his 9th fight. He was stopped nine times and lost eight times via decision.
Fred Houpe, John Carlo, Shane Sutcliffe, James Wilder, and Kevin Porter are some of the boxers who have beaten Spinks. For more details about these defeats, refer to All of Leon Spinks' losses.