Larry Holmes vs. Renaldo Snipes
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1981-11-06 : Larry Holmes 213¼ lbs beat Renaldo Snipes 215¾ lbs by TKO at 1:05 in round 11 of 15
- Location: Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
- Referee: Rudy Ortega
- Judge: Arlen Bynum 97-91
- Judge: Eddie Woods 96-93
- Judge: Tony Castellano 96-91
- World Boxing Council Heavyweight Title (Holmes defending)
- Holmes was such a heavy favorite that there was no betting line on the fight.
- Holmes was paid $1.1 million, while Snipes got $175,000.
- There was a crowd of 14,103 at the Civic Arena.
- The fight was televised live in prime time on ABC-TV.
- Early in the seventh round, Snipes dropped Holmes with a right. Holmes got up quickly and fell face first into a neutral-corner turnbuckle.
- Forty-five seconds into the eleventh round, a Holmes right sent Snipes reeling sideways into his corner. Holmes moved to him quickly. Two rights and a hook to the body pinned Snipes to the corner. Holmes hammered three powerful rights to the head. As he was loading up to throw a fourth, Ortega stopped the onslaught.
- While Holmes and Snipes were being interviewed by Howard Cosell after the fight, Holmes' brother Jake got into a fight with Snipes' manager, who thought the fight was stopped prematurely. Snipes then went after Holmes, and Cosell ducked for cover. During the melee, which was joined by a host of security guards, Snipes was pushed back against the Rev. Jim Williams, his trainer, who wielded a pair of scissors he intended to use to snip the tape from Snipes' hands. Instead, the scissors accidentally opened a deep cut in Snipes' left forearm that required 40 stitches.