10 Gold-Medal Knockout Kings: USA's Boxing Legacy

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10 Gold-Medal Knockout Kings: USA's Boxing Legacy

It this weekend's medal failure is any indication, we no longer rule the ring. USA Boxing hasn't won a heavyweight gold since '88—and nothing at all in this year's Olympic Games. But forget the present. Here are the top 10 boxing superheroes from our

Leon Spinks, Heavyweight, 26-17-3

Gold Medal – 1976 Olympics, Montreal, Canada

Heavyweight Champion

Spinks’ most famous two fights were back-to-back brawls with Muhammad Ali. In the first fight, he beat a 36-year-old Ali to win the heavyweight championship. Seven months later he lost to Ali and gave it right back. He was roughly a .500 fighter the rest of his career, but a win over Ali and an Olympic gold medal isn’t a bad list of accomplishments at the end of the day.

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