Leon Spinks former heavyweight World champion and 1976 Olympic gold medallist SIGNED Sports Illustrated Magazine, edition February 1978.
Condition excellent (small subscription sticker applied to front cover)
Leon Spinks began his career with great performances and was National Amateur Light Heavyweight Champion three times, Olympic Light Heavyweight Gold Medal Champion and Heavyweight Champion of the World in only his eighth bout;
Not only did he earn these remarkable accomplishments but he was the winner over Muhammad Ali in the process a distinction he shares with Joe Frazier, Ken Norton, Larry Holmes and Trevor Berbick
On the negative side, these early achievements pushed Leon onto a greater level of competition before he was truly ready.
He had not yet developed or perfected the skills required to fight with the better men; In addition, he lacked the necessary focus to compete at the very highest level; Losses and discouragement were inevitable
During his career, Spinks defeated such men as Ali, Alfredo Evangelista, Bernardo Mercado, Jesse Burnett, Tom Fisher and Andre Crowder
Leon is the brother of Michael Spinks and father of Cory Spinks.