Muhammad Ali control Leon Spinks (67) died

The American boxer Leon Spinks, who won his biggest victory in 1978 by defeating the then heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, died Friday night. Hes 67 years old, reports The New York Times.

More than a year ago, his family announced that Spinks had been hospitalized because of metastatic prostate cancer.

Spinks won Olympic gold in the light weight class in 1976. After only seven pro games, he joined Ali on 15 February and won points. Seven months later, they came up against each other again and Ali regained the title. Spinks tried again to win the World Championship in 1981 and 1986, but both of them went to the shortest end against Larry Holmes and Dwight Muhammad Qawi respectively. His boxing career had largely fallen into disrepair and he had built up the reputation of partying during his training.

His last fight was in 1995, when he lost on points against Fred Houpe. Spinks was 42 years old, his opponent 45, and Houpe had not boxed a game for seven years.