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LGM Film Club, Part 128: Spinks-Ali I

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on February 15, 1978 World heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali (L) and US Leon Spinks (R) fight in Las Vegas during their world heavyweight championship match. – Former world heavyweight boxing champion Leon Spinks, who took the crown from Muhammad Ali in 1978 before losing a rematch, died on February 5, 2021, according to his publicists. He was 67. (Photo by – / CONSOLIDATED NEWS PICTURES / AFP)

Leon Spinks died the other day. So to honor his memory, let’s watch the first Spinks-Ali fight from 1978, when Spinks pulled off the incredible upset. It was really the only highlight of his professional career, though he had won gold in Montreal in 76. Meanwhile, it signaled the beginning of the end of Ali, who of course stayed in the ring far too long.

I imagine several of you watched this fight live.

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