Leon Spinks Net Worth and Boxing Highlights

Net Worth: $400 Thousand
Real Name: Leon Spinks
Born: July 11, 1953
Age: 68 years old
Height: 6ft & 1in / 1.85m
Astrological Sign: Cancer ♋
Home Town: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Most Famous For: Professional Boxing
Last Updated: 2021

Leon Spinks was born in July of 1953 and is currently a retired, professional boxer that worked from 1977 to 1995. Spinks was born in St. Louis, Missouri but spent his childhood struggling with his weak immune system suffering from jaundice and other illnesses like Yellow Fever.

He grew up with a brother but the boys were often bullied by other neighborhood kids. Spinks’ struggled when his dad left but their mother looked after the children.

Leon went to school until his sophomore year of high school when he traded books for the United States Marine Corps from 1973 to 1976.

How Leon Spinks Earned His Net Worth

The boxing world is harsh and often leaves professionals from the industry reeling from the consequences of being pummeled on a routine basis. Some boxers like Ali leave the industry with hundreds of millions of dollars to their name.

Unfortunately, this is not true for Leon Spinks. He retired when he was 42 after winning 26 fights and contending in 46 of these contests of human strength, endurance, and persisitance.

In 2012, Spinks was diagnosed with brain shrinkage and has been videoed slurring his speech. Leon’s physicians theorize that the condition was caused by the blows to the head he survived throughout his boxing career. In 2019, Leon shared that he was struggling with an aggressive form of prostate cancer.

There is some disagreement about Leon’s net worth on the web. Some believe he’s worth about a million dollars, other less optimistic sites cite he’s worth $400,000. Either way, it doesn’t seem like enough for what the future potentially holds for him and other retired boxers.

Boxing Champion

Leon had earned a big break in 1977 during his professional boxing debut in a fight against Bob Smith who he knocked out in Las Vegas, Nevada. The following fight was a boon for Spinks too when he defeated Peter Freeman in the first round with a knockout punch. He then beat Реdrо Аgоѕtо and went on to dethrone the Іtаlіаn сhаmріоn, Ѕсоtt LеDоuх.

During the 1978 World Heavyweight Championship, he stung like a bee and brought down the iconic Muhammad Ali! Leon’s fight against Ali was his eighth professional match. There was some disagreement about the championship but won undisputedly. Unfortunately, he lost his Championship belt when he fought Ali in an unsanctioned match.

Ferocious Wins

For many years Leon won medal after medal in the light heavyweight division. He won against Ali and remains one of the most renowned boxers in the world. Here are a few of his accomplishments within all boxing divisions.

  • An amateur win of the bronze medal at the inaugural 1974 World Championship.
  • A win of the silver medal in the 1975 Pan American Games.
  • He was awarded a gold medal at the 1976 Summer Olympics.
  • In 1992, as a professional wrestler, he won the FMW Brass Knuckles Heavyweight Championship.
  • In 2017, Spinks was inducted to the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame.

Ѕріnkѕ hаѕ beaten lots of different, professional, bохing champions throughout the years, іnсludіng: Ivy Brown, Tom Franco, Rick Kellar, Јеff Јоrdаn, Tom Franco Tomas, Кір Каnе, Тоm Frаnсо Тhоmаѕ, and Muhammad Ali.

In 2009, Spinks took part in the documentary ‘Facing Ali’ which documented the life and prowess of the boxing icon and the many different athletes he boxed throughout his illustrious career.