Larry Holmes Speaker Profile
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Larry Holmes Biography
Former world heavyweight boxing champion, Larry Holmes was born November 3, 1949, in Cuthbert, Georgia. Holmes has spent the majority of his adult life in Easton, Pennsylvania, in the state's Lehigh Valley region, giving rise to his boxing nickname, The Easton Assassin.
As a professional heavyweight, Holmes won his first 48 bouts, beating, among others, Ken Norton, Earnie Shavers, Tim Witherspoon, Gerry Cooney, and James "Bonecrusher" Smith. As champion, Holmes successfully defended his title (organizational or lineal) 20 times, second only to Joe Louis who had 25 defenses. He fell just one short of matching the record of Rocky Marciano, who retired undefeated after 49 wins in 49 bouts, when he lost to light-heavyweight champion Michael Spinks by a unanimous and controversial decision in 1985. After losing the rematch with Spinks on a disputed split decision, Holmes promptly retired from the sport at age 36.
Subsequently, Holmes made a series of comebacks from retirement. He unsuccessfully fought for the title three more times, losing to Mike Tyson in 1988, by TKO in 4; Evander Holyfield in 1992, by UD after 12 rounds; and Oliver McCall in 1995, by UD in 12 rounds. He finally retired at the age of 52 after defeating Butterbean by UD after 10 rounds, 29 years after his first bout (against Rodell Dupree, by UD after 4 rounds), with a record of 69-6. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in June 2008.
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