The night Leon Spinks shocked the world

The night Leon Spinks shocked the world

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On Feb. 15, 1978, St. Louis native Leon Spinks pulled one of the biggest upsets in boxing history, snatching the heavyweight boxing title away from Muhammad Ali in Las Vegas.

As Post-Dispatch sportswriter Rick Hummel described it:

“In the capital of gambling, there had been no official odds posted on such a possibility. It would have been tantamount to Poland beating Germany in World War II or to the cost of living receding.”

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