Leon Spinks was an American professional boxer and here is more about his net worth, salary, records, and endorsements

Leon Spinks was an undisputed heavyweight champion who was famous for his fight with Muhammed Ali. Let’s know more about his net worth.

Leon Spinks Facts

Birth PlaceSt. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Father’s NameLeon Spinks Sr.
Mother’s NameKay Francis Spinks
Star SignCancer
WifeBrenda Spinks (m. 2011), Betty Spinks (m. 1988–2004), Nova Spinks (1974-1982)
ChildrenCory Spinks, Darrell Spinks
Net Worth (2021)$400 Thousand
Salary (2021)NA
Date of BirthJuly 11, 1953
Date of deathFebruary 5, 2021 (aged 67)
Place diedHenderson, Nevada, U.S.
Height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Reach76 in (193 cm)
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Leon Spinks practicing. (Getty Images)

Leon Spinks was an American professional boxer who competed from 1977 to 1995. Besides being a heavyweight champion, Spinks had a unique gap-toothed grin (due to losing two and later all four of his front teeth) which made him more recognizable.

Leon Spinks Boxing record

Total fights46
Wins by KO14

Spinks began his boxing career as an amateur boxer. As an amateur, Spinks won numerous medals in the light heavyweight division.

The first was medal was a bronze at the inaugural 1974 World Championships. His second medal was a silver at the 1975 Pan American Games, and lastly, he won a gold medal at the 1976 Summer Olympics, which was held in Montreal.

Interestingly, Spinks served in the United States Marine Corps from 1973 to 1976. He successfully rose to the rank of corporal. He was stationed at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina and was also on the Marine Corps Boxing Team.

Spinks debuted professionally on January 15, 1977, in Las Vegas, Nevada. His first fight was against Bob Smith and he defeated Smith by knockout in five rounds.

Spinks made history on February 15, 1978. He defeated the legendary Muhammad Ali on a 15-round split decision in Las Vegas, Nevada. By defeating Ali, Spinks won the world heavyweight title in his eighth professional fight, the shortest span in history.

Nevertheless, the rematch with Ali went disastrous for Spinx. He was defeated miserably by a more dominating Ali. Ali won back his title by a unanimous fifteen-round decision.

Spinks began boxing in the cruiserweight division in the early 1980’s. He boxed for several years in the cruiserweight division and achieved mixed results.

In 1995, at the age of 42, Spinks retired after losing an 8-round decision to Fred Houpe.

In 2017, Spinks was inducted into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame.

Leon Spinks Net Worth and Salary

During the time of his death, Spinks was reported to have a net worth of just $400,000. Most of his net worth was acquired from his match winnings and endorsements.

On the other hand, there is no verified information about his salary. It can be assumed that his match earnings was his salary.

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In this July 31, 1976, file photo, the United States’ Leon Spinks lets a right fly at the face of Cuba’s Sixto Soria during light heavyweight boxing action at the Olympics in Montreal. Former heavyweight champion Leon Spinks Jr. died Friday night, Feb. 5, 2021, after battling prostate and other cancers. He was 67. (AP Photo/File)

Leon Spinks Personal Life

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Spinks was the son of Leon Spinks Sr. and Kay Francis Spinks.

He has a brother named Michael Spinks. Michael is also a professional boxer just like Leon.

Spinks was married to Brenda Spinks (m. 2011), Betty Spinks (m. 1988–2004), and Nova Spinks (1974-1982).

Furthermore, the heavyweight champion has left behind two sons named Cory Spinks and Darrell Spinks. Both of his sons are professional boxers.

In 2019, Spinks was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer. He died at a hospital in Henderson, Nevada on February 5, 2021, at age 67.

May 5, 2016 – Leon Spinks with his wife Brenda Spinks. (Source: Isaac Brekken/Getty Images North America)

Leon Spinks Endorsements

There is no relevant information available about Spinks endorsements and sponsorships. However, it can be assumed that he enjoyed several endorsement deals from various companies and organizations.

FAQs about Leon Spinks

What was the age of Leon Spinks when he died?
Leon Spinks was 67 years old when he died on February 5, 2021.
What is the net worth of Leon Spinks?
Leon Spinks has a net worth of $400,000.
Where was Leon Spinks born?
Leon Spinks was born in St. Louis, Missouri.
Did Leon Spinks win any heavy-weight title?
Yes, Leon Spinks did win a heavy-weight title.
When did Leon Spinks defeat Muhammed Ali?
Leon Spinks defeated Muhammed Ali on February 15, 1978
Who is the brother of Leon Spinks?
Michael Spinks is the brother of Leon Spinks.


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