40 Facts About Larry Holmes

1. Larry Holmes is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1973 to 2002.

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2. In 1988, Larry Holmes decided to come out of retirement and step back into the boxing ring.

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3. In 1978, Larry Holmes silenced his critics when he defeated heavily-favored Earnie Shavers in a stirring 12-round bout.

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4. Larry Holmes tried to win a spot on the US Olympic boxing team in 1972, but was disqualified in the finals for holding.

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5. In 1971, Larry Holmes was chosen as one of the sparring partners for Joe Frazier, who was training for his first fight with Muhammad Ali.

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6. In 2005 Larry Holmes was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

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7. In 1988 Larry Holmes decided to come out of retirement and step back into the boxing ring.

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8. In 1978 Larry Holmes silenced his critics when he defeated the heavily favored Earnie Shavers in a stirring twelve-round bout.

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9. In 1973 Larry Holmes went to work as a sparring partner for Muhammad Ali.

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10. Larry Holmes accepted the offer, but refused to receive any medical treatment for his eye.

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11. In 1971 Larry Holmes was chosen as one of the sparring partners for Joe Frazier, who was training for his first fight with Muhammad Ali.

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12. In 1992, after beating opponent Ray Mercer, Larry Holmes advanced to the title bout with Evander Holyfield, who defeated him in a decision.

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13. Larry Holmes came out of retirement in 1986, only to lose a rematch to Michael Spinks.

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14. Larry Holmes won in 11 rounds, cementing his claim as world heavyweight champion.

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15. On October 2, 1980, Larry Holmes faced the celebrated Ali, who at age 38 was mounting a comeback.

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16. Larry Holmes defended the title 17 times between 1978 and 1983, defeating such formidable boxers as Earnie Shavers, Leon Spinks, and Gerry Cooney.

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17. Larry Holmes spent the early part of his professional career fighting under Butler, but he eventually split from his mentor and worked with a host of other trainers and managers, including Don King.

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18. Larry Holmes was born on November 3, 1949, in Cuthbert, Georgia.

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19. Larry Holmes was brilliant on that final drive, securing three catches for 67 yards to get Pittsburgh into the red zone.

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20. Larry Holmes was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2008.

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21. When he retired from boxing, Larry Holmes employed more than 200 people through his various business holdings.

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22. Larry Holmes invested the money he earned from boxing and settled in his hometown of Easton.

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23. Larry Holmes defeated Eric "Butterbean" Esch by a 10-round unanimous decision.

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24. On January 24, 1997, Larry Holmes got his last opportunity to fight for a heavyweight championship when he traveled to Copenhagen to fight undefeated International Boxing Organization champion Brian Nielsen.

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25. Larry Holmes pulled off the upset and won by a 12-round unanimous decision.

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26. Larry Holmes got up, but Tyson put him down two more times in the round, and the fight was stopped.

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27. On January 22, 1988, Larry Holmes was lured out of retirement by a $2.8 million purse to challenge reigning Undisputed World Heavyweight Champion Mike Tyson.

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28. Larry Holmes had a rematch with Spinks on April 19, 1986.

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29. Larry Holmes emerged with a close, and disputed, fifteen-round unanimous decision.

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30. Larry Holmes was promised $13 million and Coetzee was promised $8 million.

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31. Larry Holmes was making $3.1 million to fight Frazier and felt he should get as much as $5 million to fight Page.

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32. On September 10, 1983, Larry Holmes successfully defended the WBC title for the sixteenth time, knocking out Scott Frank in five rounds.

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33. Larry Holmes got up, but his trainer, Victor Valle, stepped into the ring and stopped the fight.

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34. Larry Holmes seemed to show signs of regret, or at least sadness, in punishing Ali so much during the fight.

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35. Larry Holmes appeared in a post-fight interview with tears in his eyes.

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36. Larry Holmes dominated Ali from start to finish, winning every round on every scorecard.

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37. Larry Holmes got up, survived the round, and went on to stop Shavers in the eleventh.

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38. Larry Holmes dominated the first six rounds, but in the seventh, Shavers sent Holmes down with a devastating overhand right.

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39. Larry Holmes was the fourth of twelve children born to John and Flossie Holmes.

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40. Larry Holmes made 20 successful title defenses, placing him third all time, behind only Joe Louis at 25 and Wladimir Klitschko at 22.

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