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Leon Spinks Record

Total Fights46
Title Wins3
Title Defenses0
Title-Fight KOs0
KO Wins14
KO Losses9
Leon Spinks Record & Stats
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      What is Leon Spinks' boxing record?

      In a professional boxing career spanning 18 years and 10 months, Leon Spinks fought 46 times with 26 wins, 17 losses, and 3 draws.

      Spinks retired from professional boxing with a record of 26-17-3, which included three heavyweight world-title wins. He had a 30.4% knockouts-to-fights ratio with 14 of his total 46 fights being knockout wins. Spinks suffered nine knockout losses in his career, two of which were in title fights.

      His last fight was a 8-round unanimous decision defeat to Fred Houpe on December 4, 1995.

      Some of Spinks' best fights and notable victories include wins over Hall-of-Famer Muhammad Ali, Bernardo Mercado, Alfredo Evangelista, Jesse Burnett, Kevin Isaac, Rick Kellar, and Kip Kane.

      46Dec 4, 199542Fred HoupeLossUD
      45Jun 19, 199541Ray KippingWinUD
      44Oct 22, 199441John CarloLossKO1
      43Oct 1, 199441Shane SutcliffeLossUD
      42Jun 22, 199440Eddie CurryWinDQ
      41Feb 27, 199339James WilderLossPTS
      40Dec 11, 199239Kevin PoindexterWinKO1
      39Sep 26, 199239Kevin PorterLossPTS
      38Jul 24, 199239Jack JacksonWinKO3
      37Jun 17, 199238Rocky BentleyWinPTS
      36Mar 20, 199238Rick MyersWinUD
      35Feb 28, 199238Andre CrowderWinSD
      34Nov 15, 199138Lupe GuerraWinKO3
      33May 30, 198834Tony MorrisonLossTKO1
      32Mar 18, 198834Randall CobbLossMD
      31Dec 20, 198734Ladislao MijangosLossSD
      30Oct 20, 198734Terry MimsLossSD
      29Aug 29, 198734Jim AshardDrawSD
      28May 22, 198733Angelo MusoneLossKO7
      27Apr 28, 198733Jeff JordanWinSD
      26Jan 17, 198733José RibaltaLossTKO1
      25Aug 2, 198633Rocky SekorskiLossTKO6
      24Mar 22, 198632Dwight Muhammad QawiLoss *TKO6
      23Dec 13, 198532Kip KaneWinTKO8
      22Jun 29, 198531Tom Franco ThomasWinUD
      21May 9, 198531Tom FischerWinUD
      20Apr 9, 198531Rick KellarWinTKO2
      19Feb 21, 198531Lupe GuerraWinTKO4
      18Mar 6, 198329Carlos de LeónLossRTD6
      17Oct 31, 198229Jesse BurnettWinUD
      16Feb 24, 198228Ivy BrownWinUD
      15Jun 12, 198127Larry HolmesLoss *TKO3
      14Oct 2, 198027Bernardo MercadoWinTKO9
      13May 3, 198026Kevin IsaacWinTKO8
      12Mar 8, 198026Eddie LópezDrawSD
      11Jan 12, 198026Alfredo EvangelistaWinKO5
      10Jun 24, 197925Gerrie CoetzeeLossTKO1
      9Sep 15, 197825Muhammad AliLoss *UD
      8Feb 15, 197824Muhammad AliWin *SD
      7Nov 18, 197724Alfio RighettiWinUD
      6Oct 22, 197724Scott LeDouxDrawSD
      5Jun 1, 197723Bruce ScottWinKO3
      4May 7, 197723Pedro AgostoWinKO1
      3Mar 20, 197723Jerry McIntyreWinKO1
      2Mar 5, 197723Peter FreemanWinKO1
      1Jan 15, 197723Bob SmithWinTKO5

      * World-title fight

      Boxing career

      Leon Spinks (Neon) was an American professional boxer. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S. on July 11, 1953. He was a heavyweight world champion. Spinks died on February 5, 2021 at the age of 67 years. His professional boxing career spanned more than 18 years — from 1977 to 1995.

      Spinks made his professional boxing debut against Bob Smith at the age of 23 on January 15, 1977, defeating Smith via 5th round TKO. He went on to win 4 more consecutive fights after the debut, which included 4 wins via stoppage.

      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. He defeated Ali via 15 round split decision to become the heavyweight champion of the world.

      Leon Spinks was a one-time undisputed heavyweight world champion, and won three world titles at heavyweight. For all the details about Spinks' world title wins and defenses refer to the "Championships" section below.

      Spinks had a total of 17 losses in his professional boxing career.

      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.


      Spinks had a total of four world-title fights, which includes winning three world titles and zero successful title defenses. He won one of these fights and lost three.

      Title Wins

      Leon Spinks fought for heavyweight world titles in three fights and won once. In total, he won three heavyweight belts.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles WonMethod
      Feb 15, 1978+Muhammad AliHeavyweightWBA, WBC, The RingSD
      + Became undisputed world champion

      Title Losses

      Leon Spinks lost one world-title defense fight, and lost two titles in the fight.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles LostMethod
      Sep 15, 1978Muhammad AliHeavyweightWBA, The RingUD


      Although Spinks had a total of 46 fights, this fight against Muhammad Ali is the sole highlight of his career.

      • February 15, 1978: Spinks becomes the undisputed heavyweight world champion in his first world-title fight by beating Muhammad Ali via 15 round split decision. He now holds the WBA, WBC, and The Ring heavyweight world-champion belts.


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