Hall of Famer explains how he wound up in a Las Vegas penthouse suite for an interview with Muhammad Ali in 1977 — and how he also had to grant a favor to the champ.
Leon Spinks, pictured wearing the World Championship belt, clenches his fist, February 15, 1978, in Las Vegas, Nevada, after defeating defending champion Muhammad Ali in a split decision. (AP Photo)
Challenger Muhammad Ali, or Cassius Clay as he was known at the time, pokes a fast left jab to the face of Sonny Liston during their championship heavyweight fight in Miami Beach, Fla., Feb 25, 1964. Clay used the in and out tactics to gain a TKO in the seventh round after Liston strained a …
FILE - In this May 25, 1965 file photo, heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali is held back by referee Joe Walcott after Ali dropped challenger Sonny Liston less than two minutes into the first round of their heavyweight title fight, in Lewiston, Maine. Just months before the 50th anniversary of …
Leon Spinks is lifted by handlers after defeating Muhammad Ali for the world heavyweight boxing championship in a split decision at Las Vegas, Nevada, Sept. 15, 1978. Ali regained his title in New Orleans. (AP Photo)
Space has a kitchen, a large TV-viewing area and a game room, all surrounded by what is surely one of the largest personal collections of sports memorabilia in the St. Louis area.
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The new space on the edge of midtown and downtown is still finding its footing.
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Gap-toothed Leon Spinks, a 24-year-old from the projects in St. Louis, was making only his eighth professional boxing start on Feb. 15, 1978 – and it was a title fight against the iconic Muhammad Ali. In Apollo Creed fashion, the 36-year-old Ali expected a layup when he gave Spinks the fight…
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WALTZING WARNER: When Kurt Warner was in town Thursday, he managed to squeeze in a dance rehearsal with his "Dancing with the Stars" partner, Anna Trebunskaya, and film a public service announcement before speaking to the United Way's de Tocqueville Society.
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