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Larry Holmes

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Real name Larry Holmes
Nickname Easton Assassin
Weight Heavyweight
Nationality American
Birth date November 3, 1949 (1949-11-03) (age 57)
Birth place Cuthbert, Georgia, USA
Style Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 75
Wins 69
Wins by KO 44
Losses 6
Draws 0
No contests 0
For the politician and activist, see Larry Holmes (Marxist).

Larry Holmes (born November 3, 1949 in Cuthbert, Georgia) is a former world heavyweight boxing champion. Noted boxing historian Bert Sugar has listed Holmes as one of the greatest boxers in history (Sugar 2006). This is a copyrighted promotional photo with a known source. ... Heavyweight is a division, or weight class, in boxing. ... November 3 is the 307th day of the year (308th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 58 days remaining. ... 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1949 calendar). ... Cuthbert is a city located in Randolph County, Georgia. ... Larry Holmes is the co-founder of International ANSWER and founder of Millions for Mumia, which seeks the release of Mumia Abu-Jamal. ... November 3 is the 307th day of the year (308th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 58 days remaining. ... 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1949 calendar). ... Cuthbert is a city located in Randolph County, Georgia. ... Heavyweight is a division, or weight class, in boxing. ... Professional boxing bout featuring Ricardo Domínguez (left, throwing a left uppercut) versus Rafael Ortíz Boxing, also called pugilism (from Latin), prizefighting (when referring to professional boxing) or the sweet science[1] is a sport and martial art in which two participants of similar weight fight each other with... Bert Randolph Sugar (born June 7, 1937) is a well noted boxing writer. ...


Holmes was born in Georgia, but he has spent the majority of his life in Easton, Pennsylvania, in the state's Lehigh Valley region, from which Holmes gained his famed boxing nickname, "The Easton Assassin". Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Northampton Government  - Mayor Philip B. Mitman Area  - City  4. ... Counties comprising the Lehigh Valley region of eastern Pennsylvania The Lehigh Valley (also known simply as The Valley) is a region in eastern Pennsylvania, in the United States. ...


Holmes won his first 48 professional fights, falling just one short of matching Rocky Marciano's all-time boxing record for heavywieghts of 49 consecutive wins to start a boxing career, on September 21, 1985, exactly 30 years to the day when Rocky defeated the legendary Archie Moore. Rocco Francis Marchegiano, better known as Rocky Marciano (September 1, 1923 – August 31, 1969), was an American boxer. ...


In a 1978 fight generally considered one of the sport's greatest ever, Holmes went toe-to-toe with boxing great Ken Norton, winning the majority of rounds in a closely contested fight that gave Holmes the world heavyweight championship. Holmes defended his heavyweight championship against some of the sport's greatest fighters, including the legendary Muhammad Ali, whose trainer intervened to stop Holmes' battering of Ali in the tenth round. This article is about the hall of fame boxer. ... For other persons named Muhammad Ali, see Muhammad Ali (disambiguation). ...

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Boxing career

During the early part of his boxing career, Holmes sometimes was a sparring partner to then heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, whose training camp was in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. But Holmes trained predominantly in the Lehigh Valley. For other persons named Muhammad Ali, see Muhammad Ali (disambiguation). ... Schuylkill County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania on the Schuylkill River. ... Counties comprising the Lehigh Valley region of eastern Pennsylvania The Lehigh Valley (also known simply as The Valley) is a region in eastern Pennsylvania, in the United States. ...


Holmes first gained credibility as a contender when, in 1978, he upset Earnie Shavers, winning almost every round of a 12 round bout. Holmes' victory over Shavers set up a title shot between Holmes and WBC heavyweight champion Ken Norton. Holmes won the WBC heavyweight title on June 9, 1978, defeating Norton in a 15 round slug fest. 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... Earnie Shavers (born August 31, 1945) was a professional boxer. ... WBC logo mark “WBC” redirects here. ... June 9 is the 160th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (161st in leap years), with 205 days remaining. ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ...


Dominant champion

In October 1980, Ali came out of retirement to face Holmes, who had by this time defended his title 7 times. Ali was a shadow of his former self, dosed up on medication and suffering from Parkinson's, and Holmes dominated the fight. Ali's trainer, Angelo Dundee, stopped the fight after the tenth round, marking the only time in Muhammad Ali's legendary career in which he failed to go the distance. Holmes successfully defended the WBC belt 17 times in all until December 11, 1983, when he voluntarily relinquished that title for the championship of the new International Boxing Federation. Larry Holmes claimed to be the "baddest mutha fucka of all time." In 1983, Homles fame increased when he fought Gerry Cooney, a white man who many thought had a chance to beat Holmes and become heavyweight champion of the world. A lot of racial tension was involved with this fight, with Cooney considered "the great white hope" the best white heavyweight since Rocky Marciano, and the man who had the best chance to be a white champion. Strangly, during the pre-fight introductions, Holmes was announced first and Cooney second, even though champions are supposed to be announced second. This extra disrespect may have helped Holmes to his 13 round t.k.o. Strangly, despite bitterness and racial tension between fans of both fighters, the two fighters became friends. Later in the 1990's, a movie called the great white hype starring Damon Waynes and Peter Berg was somewhat based on the Cooney fight. Angelo Merena (born 1923), better known in the boxing world as Angelo Dundee, is a boxing cornerman who has worked with 15 world boxing champions, among them, Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, Jose Napoles, George Foreman, Jimmy Ellis, Carmen Basilio and Luis Rodriguez. ... For other persons named Muhammad Ali, see Muhammad Ali (disambiguation). ... WBC logo mark “WBC” redirects here. ... December 11 is the 345th day (346th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The International Boxing Federation, or IBF, is one of many organizations which sanction world championship boxing bouts, alongside the WBA, WBC, WBO, and a dozen or so others. ...


Controversial losses to Michael Spinks

As IBF heavyweight champion, Holmes successfully defended the title 3 times, bringing his total number of title defenses to 20. In September 1985, he lost the IBF crown to undisputed world light heavyweight champion Michael Spinks by a close decision. This loss was particularly galling for Holmes because had he been victorious against Spinks, he would have tied the record of Rocky Marciano in winning his first 49 professional fights as a heavyweight with no defeats. Holmes was criticized by many for comments he made after the fight, saying: "If you want to get technical about it, Rocky Marciano couldn't carry my jockstrap." The International Boxing Federation, or IBF, is one of many organizations which sanction world championship boxing bouts, alongside the WBA, WBC, WBO, and a dozen or so others. ... Michael Spinks, a native of St. ... Rocco Francis Marchegiano, better known as Rocky Marciano (September 1, 1923 – August 31, 1969), was an American boxer. ...


On April 19, 1986, Holmes lost a rematch with Spinks by a disputed split decision. A bitter Holmes told the judges to kiss his "big black behind," and retired from the sport. During the NASCAR Winston Cup race the next day on ESPN, commentator Larry Nuber basically reached out to Holmes and said to the television audience, "Larry, you won the fight." The NASCAR Championship is the championship held in NASCARs top stock car racing series. ... {{Infobox Network | network_name = ESPN| network_logo = | country =  United States| network_type = Cable Television Network| available = National| owner = The Walt Disney Company (80%) Hearst Corporation (20%)| key_people = George Bodenheimer, President, ESPN, Inc. ...


In January 1988 he was lured out of retirement by a $4 million purse to challenge reigning undisputed world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson. Many people predicted Holmes, at 38, was making the same mistake Ali had by coming out of retirement at a late age to fight Holmes. They were correct, as Tyson knocked him out in the fourth round, the first and only time Holmes would be knocked out in his lengthy career. Michael Gerard Tyson, (born June 30, 1966) is a former American World Heavyweight boxing Champion. ...


Comebacks

In 1990, Larry Holmes ended his retirement. In 1992, he upset the undefeated 1988 Olympic heavyweight champion Ray Mercer. Later that year, he got another shot at the world title, but lost by decision to Evander Holyfield. He put together another string of wins, most notably over Garing Lane and Jesse Ferguson, that kept the aging fighter lingering around the top 10. Merciless Ray Mercer (born April 4, 1961 in Jacksonville, Florida) is an American professional boxer and former WBO World Heavyweight Champion. ... Evander Holyfield (born October 19, 1962 in Atmore, Alabama) but moved to Atlanta,Georgia when he was 2 years old. ... Jesse Ferguson is a boxer who fought in several noteworthy boxing matches in the 80s and 90s. ...


Holmes' last title shot was in April 1995. At the age of 45, Holmes came within one point on two cards of winning the WBC title from Oliver McCall. He performed admirably, confusing McCall with his jab, however after 12 rounds he was busted up and severely cut, and lost unanimously. WBC logo mark “WBC” redirects here. ... Oliver McCall, born 21 April 1965 became the World Boxing Council Heavyweight Champion after knocking out Lennox Lewis in 1995. ...


His last fight was an easy decision victory against Eric Esch AKA "Butterbean" in 2002 at the Norfolk Scope in Virginia. Eric Scott Butterbean Esch (born August 3, 1966 in Bay City, Michigan) is a professional boxer and mixed martial artist, known for his bald head and excessive weight. ... The Norfolk Scope is a 12,600-seat multipurpose arena in Norfolk, Virginia. ... Official language(s) English Capital Richmond Largest city Virginia Beach Area  Ranked 35th  - Total 42,793 sq mi (110,862 km²)  - Width 200 miles (320 km)  - Length 430 miles (690 km)  - % water 7. ...


Holmes' total career record was 69 wins and 6 losses, with 44 of his 69 wins coming by way of knockouts.


Place in History

Holmes' 20 successful title defenses is surpassed only by Joe Louis. The next highest on the list, Lennox Lewis, only has 15. Some of the aforementioned boxers had similar reigns in terms of length of time as champion, but none were nearly as busy in consistent title defenses year after year. Even Louis slowed to a point of about one title defense per year. Holmes had at least three a year with the exceptions of 1982 (2 defenses) and 1984 (1 defense). Holmes also holds the record for most consecutive knockouts in title fights, with 8. {{Infobox_Boxer|name=Joe Louis |image=joe_louis_barrow. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


See also

This is a chronological list of world heavyweight boxing champions, as recognized by the following organizations: The World Boxing Association (WBA), founded in 1921 as the National Boxing Association (NBA), The World Boxing Council (WBC), founded in 1963, The International Boxing Federation (IBF), founded in 1983, and The World Boxing... This is a list of notable male boxers. ... List of WBC world champions is a table showing the world champions certificated by World Boxing Council (WBC). ...

Reference

  • Sugar, B. (2006), Boxing's Greatest Fighters, Guilford, Connecticut: The Lyons Press ISBN 1-59228-632-1

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Preceded by
Ken Norton
Heavyweight boxing champion (WBC)
1978–1983
Succeeded by
Vacancy filled by
Tim Witherspoon
Preceded by
Inaugural Champion
IBF Heavyweight Champion
1983–1985
Succeeded by
Michael Spinks

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  Results from FactBites:
 
Larry Holmes - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (581 words)
Holmes gained credibility as a contender when, in 1978, he upset Earnie Shavers, winning almost every round of a 12 round bout.
Holmes successfully defended the WBC belt 17 times in all until December 11, 1983, when he voluntarily relinquished that title for the championship of the new International Boxing Federation.
Holmes' lack of popularity is attributed to him being the direct successor to Muhammad Ali, one of the most accomplished and most loved heavyweight champions of all time.
Larry Holmes - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (581 words)
Larry Holmes (born November 3, 1949 in Cuthbert, Georgia) is a former world heavyweight boxing champion.
Holmes was born in Cuthbert, Georgia, but he has spent the majority of his life living in Easton, Pennsylvania, from which he gained his boxing nickname, "The Easton Assassin."
Holmes won the WBC heavyweight title on June 9, 1978, defeating Norton in 15 rounds.
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