Leon Spinks (February 5th, aged 67)
Former world heavyweight champion Leon Spinks passed away at a hospital in Nevada two years after he was diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Spinks represented the U.S. during the 1976 Olympics in Canada as a light heavyweight and won a gold medal. He, however, was best known for defeating Muhammad Ali in a split decision in Las Vegas in 1978. Seven months later, Spinks and Ali met had a rematch in New Orleans, where Ali won and reclaimed the heavyweight title.
Outside of boxing, Spinks also had a brief career as a professional wrestler in the 1990s, working for Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling (FMW) and holding the FMW Brass Knuckles Heavyweight Championship in 1992.