1984-11-09 Larry Holmes w rsc 12 (15) James Bonecrusher Smith, Riviera Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - IBF
1984-11-09 Larry Holmes w rsc 12 (15) James Bonecrusher Smith, Riviera Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - IBF. Referee: Davy Pearl. Defending the IBF title for the first time, Holmes (221½) made a winning start when stopping Smith (227) with just 50 seconds of the 12th round remaining. Having been out of the ring for just under a year Holmes was a bit rusty, but his use of the trusty left jab kept him in front against a difficult opponent who stayed with him all the way. Being cut over the left eye in round seven bothered Holmes, Smith coming right back into the fight with heavy rights to head and body before the champion reasserted himself fully in the tenth. In the 11th Smith was in real trouble when blood began to flow freely from the swelling over his left eye, and with Holmes battering away at him and the injury worsening the referee called it off in the following round.