Boxing icon Leon Spinks (pictured) was nearly KO’d for good, after eating a chicken wing bone last October that reportedly wrecked havoc in his body. Now it has just been learned that the former champ was released from the hospital over the holidays and is currently recovering at a rehab center, according to TMZ.
The 61-year-old former undisputed world heavyweight champ who beat the legendary Muhammad Ali (pictured) in a bout that will live in boxing infamy back in 1978 — in what was considered to be one of the greatest upsets in the history of the sport — is reportedly nicknamed the “Chicken Wing King” by those who are nearest and dearest. At the time of the incident, Spinks, who is best known for his wide gap-toothed grin, was chowing down on his favorite food, and unfortunately, swallowed a chicken wing bone that found its way in to his intestine and got stuck.
After having undergone several major surgeries, Spinks was reportedly first released to his family so that he could spend the holidays at home. After the festivities, Spinks then had to report to a rehab facility that will aid in his recovery process, which will reportedly be a “slow process,” according to his wife, Brenda, who spoke to TMZ. “He was in bed for two months. It takes a lot out of you.”
When will the champ be out of the woods?
Brenda says, “We’re going to be having a meeting with the rehab facility in the next couple of weeks. Hopefully soon.”