Larry Holmes

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Larry Holmes

Former professional boxer add

Category: Boxing

Born in 1949.

Countries: United States (55%), (30%), South Africa (3%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Heavyweight, World Boxing Council, International Boxing Federation

Linked to: World Boxing Association, HBO, Hyatt, International Boxing Organization

 

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Larry Holmes was born in 1949 add something


1954

When the family moved to Easton in 1954, Holmes' father went to Connecticut, where he worked as a gardener until his death in 1970 add something


1972

In his twenty-second bout, he boxed Duane Bobick in the 1972 Olympic Trials add something


1973

After compiling an amateur record of 19-3, Holmes turned professional on March 21, 1973, winning a four-round decision against Rodell Dupree add something


1978

Holmes, whose left jab is rated among the best in boxing history, was the WBC Heavyweight Champion from 1978 to 1983, "The Ring" Heavyweight Champion from 1980 to 1985, and the IBF Heavyweight Champion from 1983 to 1985 add something

 

Holmes first gained credibility as a contender when he upset the hard-punching Earnie Shavers in March 1978 add something

 

Holmes's victory over Shavers set up a title shot between Holmes and WBC Heavyweight Champion Ken Norton in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 9, 1978 add something


1979

On June 22, 1979, Holmes faced future WBA Heavyweight Champion Mike Weaver, who was lightly regarded going into the fight sporting an uninspiring 19-8 record add something

 

Three months later, on September 28, 1979, Holmes had a rematch with Shavers, who got a title shot by knocking out Ken Norton in one round add something

 

Gerrie Coetzee - He achieved notoriety when as a huge underdog he gave a spirited challenge to Larry Holmes in 1979


1980

On October 2, 1980, at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Holmes defended his title against Ali, who was coming out of retirement in an attempt to become the first four-time World Heavyweight Champion add something

 

Trevor Berbick - A 1980 upset of ex-champ John Tate secured a title shot against Larry Holmes on April 11, 1981, but Berbick lost a 15-round unanimous decision

 

Bernardo Mercado - In 1980, he earned a seventh round technical knockout over dangerous contender and multiple-time world title challenger Earnie Shavers and was ranked as the number one contender to Larry Holmes' WBC belt


1981

After eight consecutive knockouts, Holmes was forced to go the distance when he successfully defended his title against future WBC Heavyweight Champion Trevor Berbick on April 11, 1981 add something

 

On November 6, 1981, Holmes rose from a seventh-round knockdown to stop Renaldo Snipes in the eleventh add something

 

Trevor Berbick - Berbick had a well-publicized feud with Larry Holmes, whom he fought in 1981


1982

Gerry Cooney - Despite relative inexperience, his exciting wins and size, aided by expert promotion, propelled Cooney into a lucrative bout with world heavyweight champion Larry Holmes in 1982

 

Tim Witherspoon - In 1982, he was matched with Renaldo Snipes, who had just given champion Larry Holmes a stiff challenge , and outpointed him over 10 rounds, setting up his own challenge to Holmes

 

Howard Cosell - Cosell denounced professional boxing in a November 26, 1982 bout between Larry Holmes and a clearly out-matched Randall "Tex" Cobb at the Astrodome


1983

On May 23, 1983, Holmes defended his title against Tim Witherspoon, the future WBC and WBA Heavyweight Champion add something

 

On September 10, 1983, Holmes successfully defended the WBC title for the sixteenth time, knocking out Scott Frank in five rounds add something

 

Holmes signed to fight Marvis Frazier, son of Joe Frazier, on November 25, 1983 add something

 

World Boxing Organization - While the IBF had awarded recognition to Larry Holmes soon after its inception in 1983 , the WBO sanctioned a fight between two relatively unknown fighters, Francesco Damiani and Johnny DuPlooy, to determine the initial holder of its heavyweight title in 1989

 

Tim Witherspoon - On May 20, 1983, Witherspoon would have his first attempt at earning a world title by taking on the recognized top man in the division World Boxing Council champion Larry Holmes at the Dunes Hotel in Las Vegas


1984

Holmes signed to fight Gerrie Coetzee, the WBA Champion, on June 15, 1984 at Caesar's Palace add something

 

On November 9, 1984, after a year out of the ring, Holmes made his first defense of the IBF title, stopping James "Bonecrusher" Smith on a cut in the twelfth round add something

 

International Boxing Federation - But by 1984, the IBF decided to recognize Larry Holmes, Aaron_Pryor, Marvin Hagler and Donald Curry, already established champions from other organizations, as IBF world champions

 

John Tate (boxer) - Tate was in the frame to challenge Larry Holmes for the heavyweight title in 1984, but the fight fell apart due to injury


1985

Holmes won his first forty-eight professional bouts, including victories over Earnie Shavers, Ken Norton, Muhammad Ali, Mike Weaver, Gerry Cooney, Tim Witherspoon and Marvis Frazier, and fell one short of matching Rocky Marciano's career record of 49-0 when he lost to Michael Spinks in 1985 add something

 

In the first half of 1985, Holmes stopped David Bey in ten rounds for his 19th title defense add something

 

Michael Spinks - Furthermore, Spinks did what no other lightheavyweight champion was ever able to do: move up to win the world heavyweight championship, by decisioning IBF champion Larry Holmes in 1985

 

Michael Spinks - In 1985, Spinks beat David Sears and Jim McDonald, both by knockout, in title defenses, before challenging Larry Holmes for the world's Heavyweight championship in a fight recognized by the IBF

 

Mike Tyson - Spinks, who had taken the heavyweight championship from Larry Holmes via a 15-round decision in 1985, had not lost his title in the ring but was not recognized as champion by the major boxing organizations

 

Leon Spinks - When his brother Michael Spinks defeated Larry Holmes in a controversial upset for the IBF heavyweight championship in 1985, they became the first brothers to have held world heavyweight championships


1986

Holmes had a rematch with Spinks on April 19, 1986 add something

 

On November 6, 1986, three days after his 37th birthday, Holmes announced his retirement add something


1988

After five straight wins, he fought Ray Mercer, the undefeated 1988 Olympic Gold Medalist, on February 7, 1992 add something


1992

On June 19, 1992, Holyfield defeated Holmes by a twelve-round unanimous decision add something

 

Evander Holyfield - In his first fight of 1992, he faced former world heavyweight champion Larry Holmes, who was 42 years old, and had just pulled off an upset against Ray Mercer

 

Evander Holyfield - He retained the Heavyweight crown three times, which included victories over former champions George Foreman and Larry Holmes, before suffering his first professional loss to Riddick Bowe on November 13, 1992


1994

Jesse Ferguson - In his only other fight in 1994 Ferguson was matched with Larry Holmes, the 44-year-old former great who was on another comeback trail


1995

Holmes retired after losing a rematch to Spinks, but made repeated comebacks and was unsuccessful in three further attempts to regain the title, the last in 1995 add something

 

On April 8, 1995, he fought Oliver McCall for the WBC title add something

 

Oliver McCall - He successfully defended the title in a bout against 45 year old ex-champ Larry Holmes in Las Vegas winning 115-112 115-114 and 114-113 on the score cards, before returning to London to face Frank Bruno in 1995


1997

On January 24, 1997, Holmes went to Denmark to fight Brian Nielsen, who was 31-0 add something


1999

Holmes and George Foreman signed to fight on January 23, 1999 at the Houston Astrodome add something

 

George Foreman - However, he did plan a return bout against Larry Holmes in 1999, scheduled to take place at the Houston Astrodome on pay per view


2002

He had his last fight in 2002 and ended with a career record of 69-6 add something

 

Holmes' final fight was on July 27, 2002 in Norfolk, Virginia add something


2008

Holmes was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2008 add something

 

In 2008, he owned two restaurants and a nightclub, a training facility, an office complex, a snack food bar and slot machines add something


2014

In 2014, Holmes sold his business complex in Easton to business entrepreneur Gerald Gorman add something


2016

In 2016 Larry Holmes guest starred as himself in an episode of the Mike Tyson Mysteries titled "Unsolved Situations" add something