Former heavyweight champion Leon Spinks has been diagnosed with prostrate cancer that has affected his bladder.
The 66-year-old was rushed to a Las Vegas hospital in a serious condition last month.
Leon’s wife has announced that her husband is battling with prostrate cancer
“It’s going to be a long road and a lot of work.
“But we are bound and determined for the champ to make a comeback.”
Spinks is back at his family home in Nevada after being discharged on New Year’s Eve.
He is expected to undergo cancer treatment on an outpatient basis.
Spinks won the Olympics Gold medal for USA in 1976, two years later he shocked the world by beating Muhammad Ali.
The stunning victory made him a world champion in his eighth professional bout.
He was beaten by Muhammad Ali in the rematch seven months later.
Spinks retired in 1995 with a record of 26 wins, 17 defeats and three draws.