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Leon Spinks vs Muhammad Ali

Leon Spinks vs Muhammad Ali

Date: 15th September 1978

Venue: Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Title: WBA World Heavyweight Title

Promoted by: Top Rank

Tv: ABC Sports

Leon Spinks
( 7 - 0 - 1 )
Weight: 201 lbs

Muhammad Ali
( 55 - 3 - 0 )
Weight: 221 lbs

Ali becomes the first man to win the world heavyweight title for a third time with a unanimous decision victory.

Scores: Lucien Joubert 10-4 | Ernie Cojoe 10-4 | Herman Preis 11-4.

Fought at The Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana, Spinks first defence of the WBA title he won 7 months earlier from Ali drew a 63,350 live gate and was seen by an estimated viewing audience of 90 million on ABC.

Spinks was stripped of the WBC belt after agreeing to face Ali in a rematch instead of his mandatory challenger Ken Norton.


Leon Spinks vs Muhammad Ali