Heavyweight Champion Leon Spinks Was a Fighter Until the End

Former heavyweight champion Leon Spinks died on Feb. 5 from cancer.
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Former heavyweight champion Leon Spinks died on Feb. 5 from cancer.

The words coming from the opposite end of the video chat on Feb. 3 were barely audible. But Cory Spinks, whose eyes began to puddle with tears, leaned forward, craving for more precious moments with his hero – his father, former heavyweight champion Leon Spinks.

“He was on a breathing machine, but he managed to say that he loved me,” said Cory Spinks, an undisputed welterweight champ from 2003 to 2005, and IBF junior middleweight titleholder twice between 2006 and 2010. “I prayed and continued to talk with him, but I began to weep and got off the phone.”

Cory Spinks received a call two days later that his father was taken off life support.

The elder Spinks, 67, died on Feb. 5 in a Las Vegas hospital after a long battle with prostate cancer that spread to his bladder.

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