Larry Holmes vs. Earnie Shavers (2nd meeting)

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Larry Holmes 210 lbs beat Earnie Shavers 211 lbs by TKO at 2:00 in round 11 of 15


  • The fight was televised live in prime time by ABC, which paid $3.5 million for the fight.
  • Holmes earned $2.5 million and Shavers received $300,000.
  • Shavers earned his title shot by stopping former WBC heavyweight champion Ken Norton in one round on March 23, 1979.
  • After dominating the first six rounds, Holmes was knocked down in the seventh round by a devastating overhand right. He hit the canvas with a thud, flat on his back. But he got up and survived the round.
  • Holmes regained control after the seventh round, and in the eleventh round, with a battered and exhausted Shavers still on his feet, referee Davey Pearl stopped the fight. Shavers later said he'd been thumbed in the eye by Holmes.


"Holmes, Sweet Holmes" by Pat Putnam, Sports Illustrated, October 8, 1979