Larry Holmes

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Larry Holmes ("The Easton Assassin")
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Career Snapshot
Born November 3, 1949
Total Fights 75
Won 69
Lost 6
Drew 0
Knockouts 44
Titles Won Heavyweight

Larry Holmes is a former world heavyweight boxing champion considered one of the fiercest fighters in the history of heavyweight boxing.

As heavyweight champion, Holmes won his first 48 professional challenge fights, falling just one short of matching Rocky Marciano's record of 49 consecutive wins to start a career.

Holmes was born in Cuthbert, Georgia, but he has spent the majority of his life living in Easton, Pennsylvania, from which he gained his famous boxing nickname, "The Easton Assassin."

During the early part of his his boxing career in Pennsylvania, Holmes was a sparring partner to then heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, who trained in the state.

Holmes won the WBC heavyweight title on June 9, 1978, defeating Ken Norton in 15 rounds. He successfully defended the WBC belt until December 11, 1983, when he voluntarily relinquished that title for the championship of the new International Boxing Federation. Many fans attribute the IBF's early survival to Holmes' involvement as its first heavyweight champion.

Among those he defeated during his career were former world champions, including Ali, Trevor Berbick, Ray Mercer, Ossie Ocasio, Leon Spinks, Mike Weaver and Tim Witherspoon. He also earned victories over well-known non-champions such as Randall Cobb, Gerry Cooney, and Earnie Shavers.

During the 1990s, following his retirement, Holmes made a boxing comeback, winning a decision over undefeated WBO world champion Ray Mercer in a points decision over 12 rounds. He received another world title shot against Evander Holyfield, though he lost that match on a point decision over 12 rounds. He also lost a bitterly close match to Oliver McCall for the WBC World title over 12 rounds. Holmes' other few losses included those to Mike Tyson by knockout in the fourth round, and to Brian Nielsen.

In all, Holmes was one of the most victorious fighters in heavyweight boxing history. He won 69 bouts and lost only six, with 43 wins coming by knockout. As heavyweight champion, Holmes successfully defended the WBC or IBF title 19 times from 1978 to 1985, before losing the IBF crown to Michael Spinks. This loss was particularly galling for Holmes because had he been victorious against Spinks, he would have tied the record of Rocky Marciano in winning 49 professional fights as a champion with no defeats. Holmes was criticized by many for comments he made after the fight, saying that "Rocky Marciano couldn't have carried my jockstrap".

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Preceded by:
Leon Spinks
Heavyweight boxing champion (WBC)
Succeeded by:
Tim Witherspoon
Preceded by:
Heavyweight boxing champion (IBF)
Succeeded by:
Michael Spinks

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