Sport: Young Once Again at 36

Ali defeats Spinks and regains his heavyweight title

It was not a great fight, this second meeting of Muhammad Ali and Leon Spinks, but it was a remarkable fight nonetheless, a dramatic revelation of the changed hearts of two men played out over 15 rounds in New Orleans' Superdome. Muhammad Ali's fight was a statement of will and pride, redemption for the humiliation of losing his title to Spinks and reassertion of his uniqueness as an athlete. Leon Spinks' fight was a cry of confusion, a constrained attempt to retain a title he had...

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