Name: Larry Holmes
Alias: The Easton Assassin
Birthplace: Cuthbert, Georgia, USA
Nationality: US American
Hometown: Easton, Pennsylvania, USA
Height: 6′ 3″ / 190cm
Reach: 81″ / 206cm
Boxing Record: click
Trainers: Richie Giachetti, Eddie Futch, Ray Arcel, Freddie Brown, Don Turner
Manager: Richie Giachetti, Self
Larry Holmes Gallery
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- Had an amateur record of 19-3 and boxed in the 1972 Olympic Trials, losing to Duane Bobick.
- Held the World Heavyweight Championship for seven years (1978-1985). Only Joe Louis had a longer title reign (1937-1949).
- Has a record of 20-5 (14 KO) in World Title fights.
- Has a record of 11-5 (7 KO) against former or current world titlists.
- Won eight straight title defenses by knockout, breaking Joe Louis' record of seven.
- Made twenty successful title defenses, second to Joe Louis, who made 25 defenses. Holmes fought in a total of 26 title bouts.
- Came close to matching Rocky Marciano's record of 49-0. Holmes won his first 48 professional fights before losing a close decision to Michael Spinks in 1985.
- Attempted to regain the title four times, losing to Michael Spinks in 1986, Mike Tyson in 1988, Evander Holyfield in 1992, and Oliver McCall in 1995.
- Was scheduled to face George Foreman on January 23, 1999, but Foreman pulled out of the fight because the promoter, Roger Leavitt, could not secure financing in a timely manner after losing one of the major financial backers. Leavitt has already given George Foreman a $1 million advance on his $10 million purse and Holmes $400,000 of his $4 million purse. Those deposits were nonrefundable.
- Last professional fight was a ten-round unanimous decision win against Eric (Butterbean) Esch in 2002 at age 52. Holmes retired with a record of 69-6 with 44 KOs.
- Fought a three-round exhibition with Ron McCarthy at the Boutwell Auditorium in Birmingham, Alabama on January 16, 2004.
Awards & Recognition
- The Ring Fighter of the Year for 1982.
- The Ring named Holmes the 5th greatest heavyweight of all-time in 1998.
- The Associated Press named Holmes the 5th greatest heavyweight of the 20th century in 1999.
- Inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame: Class of 2007
- Inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame: Class of 2008
- Fought an exhibition bout against Floyd Cummings
- Holmes has lived in Easton, Pennsylvania since 1957.
- His younger brother, Mark Holmes, was also a professional boxer, winning 38 of 39 bouts.
- In an interview with ESPN SportsNation, Holmes said that his toughest fight was against Ken Norton.
- Holmes, who has a band named Marmalade, appeared on the VH1 reality television show But Can They Sing.
- Autobiography: Larry Holmes: Against the Odds.
- The movie Rocky Balboa was inspired by boxers who fought at an advanced age, such as Archie Moore, George Foreman, and Holmes.
| WBC Heavyweight Champion
1978 Jun 9 – 1983 Dec 11
| IBF Heavyweight Champion
1983 Dec 11 – 1985 Sep 21