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*Held the World Heavyweight Championship for seven years (1978-1985). Only [[Joe Louis]] had a longer title reign (1937-1949).
 
*Held the World Heavyweight Championship for seven years (1978-1985). Only [[Joe Louis]] had a longer title reign (1937-1949).
 
*Won eight straight title defenses by knockout, breaking Joe Louis' record of seven.  
 
*Won eight straight title defenses by knockout, breaking Joe Louis' record of seven.  
*Made twenty successful title defenses, second to Joe Louis, who made twenty-five defenses. Holmes fought in a total of twenty-six title bouts.  
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*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 forty-eight professional fights before losing a close decision to [[Michael Spinks]] in 1985.
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*Came close to matching [[Rocky Marciano]]'s record of 49-0. Holmes won his first 48 professional fights before losing a [[Larry Holmes vs. Michael Spinks (1st meeting)|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.
 
*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.
*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.
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*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.
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*Last professional fight was a [[Larry Holmes vs. Eric Esch|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.
 
*Fought a three-round exhibition with [[Ron McCarthy]] at the Boutwell Auditorium in Birmingham, Alabama on January 16, 2004.
  
 
== Awards & Recognition ==
 
== Awards & Recognition ==
*[[Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year|''The Ring'' Fighter of the Year]] for 1982.
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*[[Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year|''The Ring'' Fighter of the Year]] for 1982.
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*''The Ring'' named Holmes the [[Division-By-Division - The Greatest Fighters of All-Time|5th greatest heavyweight of all-time]] in 1998.
 
*The Associated Press named Holmes the 5th greatest heavyweight of the 20th century in 1999.
 
*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 [[World Boxing Hall of Fame]]: Class of 2007
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*Holmes has lived in Easton, Pennsylvania since 1957.
 
*Holmes has lived in Easton, Pennsylvania since 1957.
 
*His younger brother, [[Mark Holmes]], was also a professional boxer, winning 38 of 39 bouts.
 
*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]]. [http://espn.go.com/sportsnation/chat/_/id/28986/former-boxer-larry-holmes]
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*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''.
 
*Holmes, who has a band named Marmalade, appeared on the VH1 reality television show ''But Can They Sing''.
 
*Autobiography: ''[[Larry Holmes: Against the Odds]]''.
 
*Autobiography: ''[[Larry Holmes: Against the Odds]]''.
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*[http://www.larryholmes.com/ Official Web site]
 
*[http://www.larryholmes.com/ Official Web site]
 
*[http://cyberboxingzone.com/boxing/box5-00.htm#tracy CBZ Article]
 
*[http://cyberboxingzone.com/boxing/box5-00.htm#tracy CBZ Article]
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*[http://espn.go.com/sportsnation/chat/_/id/28986/former-boxer-larry-holmes Chat with Larry Holmes ''ESPN SportsNation'']
  
 
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Revision as of 14:26, 5 March 2013

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Class of 2008
Modern Category
Hall of Fame bio:click
World Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee

Name: Larry Holmes
Alias: The Easton Assassin
Born: 1949-11-03
Birthplace: Cuthbert, Georgia, USA
Hometown: Easton, Pennsylvania, USA
Stance: Orthodox
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

Career Overview

Tale of the Tape
Height 6' 3"
Reach 81"
Neck 17 1/2"
Chest (expanded) 45 1/2"
Biceps 15 1/2"
Forearm 13"
Wrist 8"
Fist 13 1/2"
Waist 35"
Thigh 25"
Ankle 10"
  • 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).
  • 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

Notes

  • 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.

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Preceded by:
Ken Norton
WBC Heavyweight Champion
1978 Jun 9 – 1983 Dec 11
Vacated
Succeeded by:
Tim Witherspoon
Preceded by:
Inaugural Champion
IBF Heavyweight Champion
1983 Dec 11 – 1985 Sep 21
Succeeded by:
Michael Spinks