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Larry Holmes boxer

Larry Holmes image
Status inactive
Division heavyweight
Height 6′ 3″/190cm
Reach 81″/206cm
Debut 1973-03-21
Born 1949-11-03
Nationality USA
Residence Easton, Pennsylvania, USA
bouts
75
won
69
lost
6
draw
0
bouts
75
won
69
lost
6
draw
0
Status inactive
Division heavyweight
Height 6′ 3″/190cm
Reach 81″/206cm
Debut 1973-03-21
Born 1949-11-03
Nationality USA
Residence Easton, Pennsylvania, USA

Holmes, whose left jab is rated among the best in boxing history, held the WBC heavyweight title from 1978 to 1983, The Ring magazine and lineal heavyweight titles from 1980 to 1985, and the inaugural IBF heavyweight title from 1983 to 1985. He made 20 successful title defenses, placing him third all time, behind only Joe Louis at 25 and Wladimir Klitschko at 22. He also holds the record for the longest individual heavyweight title streak in the modern boxing history. Holmes is one of only five boxers—along with Joe Frazier, Ken Norton, Leon Spinks and Trevor Berbick—to defeat Muhammad Ali; he is the only one to have stopped Ali.Holmes won his first 48 professional bouts, including victories over Norton, Ali, Earnie Shavers, Mike Weaver, Gerry Cooney, Tim Witherspoon, Carl Williams and Marvis Frazier, and falling one short of matching Rocky Marciano's career record of 49–0 when he lost to Michael Spinks in 1985. Holmes retired after losing a rematch to Spinks the following year, but made repeated comebacks. He was unsuccessful in three further attempts (against Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and Oliver McCall) to regain the heavyweight title, the last in 1995. Holmes fought for the final time in 2002, against the 334lb Eric "Butterbean" Esch, and ended his career with a record of 69 wins and 6 losses. He is frequently ranked as one of the greatest heavyweights of all time and has been inducted into both the International Boxing Hall of Fame and World Boxing Hall of Fame.

Holmes, whose left jab is rated among the best in boxing history, held the WBC heavyweight title from 1978 to 1983, The Ring magazine and lineal heavyweight titles from 1980 to 1985, and the inaugural IBF heavyweight title from 1983 to 1985. He made 20 successful title defenses, placing him third all time, behind only Joe Louis at 25 and Wladimir Klitschko at 22. He also holds the record for the longest individual heavyweight title streak in the modern boxing history. Holmes is one of only five boxers—along with Joe Frazier, Ken Norton, Leon Spinks and Trevor Berbick—to defeat Muhammad Ali; he is the only one to have stopped Ali.Holmes won his first 48 professional bouts, including victories over Norton, Ali, Earnie Shavers, Mike Weaver, Gerry Cooney, Tim Witherspoon, Carl Williams and Marvis Frazier, and falling one short of matching Rocky Marciano's career record of 49–0 when he lost to Michael Spinks in 1985. Holmes retired after losing a rematch to Spinks the following year, but made repeated comebacks. He was unsuccessful in three further attempts (against Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and Oliver McCall) to regain the heavyweight title, the last in 1995. Holmes fought for the final time in 2002, against the 334lb Eric "Butterbean" Esch, and ended his career with a record of 69 wins and 6 losses. He is frequently ranked as one of the greatest heavyweights of all time and has been inducted into both the International Boxing Hall of Fame and World Boxing Hall of Fame.

Date Opponent Last Opponents' Results Place Titles Result
July 27, 2002 Eric Esch DWWLWW Scope Arena, Norfolk WIN
Unanimous decision
Nov. 17, 2000 Mike Weaver WWWWWL Coast Coliseum, Biloxi WIN
Technical knockout
June 18, 1999 James Smith WWWWLW Crown Coliseum, Fayetteville WIN
Technical knockout
July 29, 1997 Maurice Harris WLWLWW Madison Square Garden Theater, New York WIN
Split-decision
Jan. 24, 1997 Brian Nielsen WWWWWW Brondby Hallen, Brondby LOSS
Split-decision
June 16, 1996 Anthony Willis WLWLLW Casino Magic, Bay Saint Louis WIN
KO
April 16, 1996 Quinn Navarre WWWWLL Casino Magic, Bay Saint Louis WIN
Unanimous decision
Jan. 9, 1996 Curtis Shepard WWWWLW Moody Center, Galveston WIN
KO
Sept. 19, 1995 Ed Donaldson WWWLLW Casino Magic, Bay Saint Louis WIN
Unanimous decision
April 8, 1995 Oliver McCall WWWWWW Caesars Palace, Las Vegas World Boxing Council World Heavyweight

LOSS
Unanimous decision
Aug. 9, 1994 Jesse Ferguson LWLWLL Mystic Lake Casino, Prior Lake WIN
Unanimous decision
March 8, 1994 Garing Lane WLLWWL Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket WIN
Unanimous decision
Sept. 28, 1993 Jose Ribalta LLLLLW Casino Magic, Bay Saint Louis WIN
Unanimous decision
May 18, 1993 Paul Poirier WWWLLW Casino Magic, Bay Saint Louis WIN
Corner retirement
April 13, 1993 Ken Lakusta LLLLDW Casino Magic, Bay Saint Louis WIN
Corner retirement
March 9, 1993 Rocky Pepeli WLWWLL Casino Magic, Bay Saint Louis WIN
Corner retirement
Jan. 5, 1993 Everett Martin LLLLWL Mississippi Coast Coliseum, Biloxi WIN
Unanimous decision
June 19, 1992 Evander Holyfield WWWWWW Caesars Palace, Las Vegas International Boxing Federation World Heavyweight

World Boxing Association World Heavyweight

World Boxing Council World Heavyweight

LOSS
Unanimous decision
Feb. 7, 1992 Ray Mercer WWWWWW Convention Center, Atlantic City WIN
Unanimous decision
Nov. 12, 1991 Jamie Howe LWWLLL Coliseum, Jacksonville WIN
Technical knockout
Sept. 17, 1991 Art Card LWLWL Marriott World Center, Orlando WIN
Unanimous decision
Aug. 24, 1991 Michael Greer LLWWLW Blaisdell Center Arena, Honolulu WIN
KO
Aug. 13, 1991 Eddie Gonzales LLLLLW Hyatt Regency, Tampa WIN
Unanimous decision
April 7, 1991 Tim Anderson LLWWLW Diplomat Hotel, Hollywood WIN
Technical knockout
Jan. 22, 1988 Mike Tyson WWWWWW Convention Center, Atlantic City LOSS
Technical knockout
April 19, 1986 Michael Spinks WWWWWW Las Vegas Hilton, Hilton Center, Las Vegas International Boxing Federation World Heavyweight

LOSS
Split-decision
Sept. 21, 1985 Michael Spinks WWWWWW Riviera Hotel & Casino, Outdoor Arena, Las Vegas International Boxing Federation World Heavyweight

LOSS
Unanimous decision
May 20, 1985 Carl Williams WWWWWW Lawlor Events Center, Reno International Boxing Federation World Heavyweight

WIN
Unanimous decision
March 15, 1985 David Bey WWWWWW Riviera Hotel & Casino, Outdoor Arena, Las Vegas International Boxing Federation World Heavyweight

WIN
Technical knockout
Nov. 9, 1984 James Smith WWWWWW Riviera Hotel & Casino, Outdoor Arena, Las Vegas International Boxing Federation World Heavyweight

WIN
Technical knockout
Nov. 25, 1983 Marvis Frazier WWWWWW Caesars Palace, Sports Pavilion, Las Vegas WIN
Technical knockout
Sept. 10, 1983 Scott Frank WDWWWW Harrah's Marina Hotel Casino, Atlantic City World Boxing Council World Heavyweight

WIN
Technical knockout
May 20, 1983 Tim Witherspoon WWWWWW Dunes Hotel & Casino, Outdoor Arena, Las Vegas World Boxing Council World Heavyweight

WIN
Split-decision
March 27, 1983 Lucien Rodriguez WWWWWW Watres Armory, Scranton World Boxing Council World Heavyweight

WIN
Unanimous decision
Nov. 26, 1982 Randall Cobb WLLWWW Astrodome, Houston World Boxing Council World Heavyweight

WIN
Unanimous decision
June 11, 1982 Gerry Cooney WWWWWW Caesars Palace, Outdoor Arena, Las Vegas WIN
Technical knockout
Nov. 6, 1981 Renaldo Snipes WWWWWW Civic Arena, Pittsburgh World Boxing Council World Heavyweight

WIN
Technical knockout
June 12, 1981 Leon Spinks LLWDWW Joe Louis Arena, Detroit World Boxing Council World Heavyweight

WIN
Technical knockout
April 11, 1981 Trevor Berbick WWWWWW Caesars Palace, Las Vegas World Boxing Council World Heavyweight

WIN
Unanimous decision
Oct. 2, 1980 Muhammad Ali WWWWLW Caesars Palace, Las Vegas World Boxing Council World Heavyweight

WIN
Corner retirement
July 7, 1980 Scott LeDoux WWLDLW Metropolitan Sports Center, Bloomington World Boxing Council World Heavyweight

WIN
Technical knockout
March 31, 1980 Leroy Jones WWWWWW Caesars Palace, Las Vegas World Boxing Council World Heavyweight

WIN
Technical knockout
Feb. 3, 1980 Lorenzo Zanon WWWDWW Caesars Palace, Las Vegas World Boxing Council World Heavyweight

WIN
KO
Sept. 28, 1979 Earnie Shavers LWWWWW Caesars Palace, Las Vegas World Boxing Council World Heavyweight

WIN
Technical knockout
June 22, 1979 Mike Weaver LWWWWW Madison Square Garden, New York World Boxing Council World Heavyweight

WIN
Technical knockout
March 23, 1979 Ossie Ocasio WWWWWW Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas Hilton Pavilion, Las Vegas World Boxing Council World Heavyweight

WIN
Technical knockout
Nov. 10, 1978 Alfredo Evangelista WWWWWW Caesars Palace, Las Vegas World Boxing Council World Heavyweight

WIN
KO
June 9, 1978 Ken Norton WWLWWW Caesars Palace, Sports Pavilion, Las Vegas World Boxing Council World Heavyweight

WIN
Split-decision
March 25, 1978 Earnie Shavers WWWWWL Caesars Palace, Las Vegas WIN
Unanimous decision
Nov. 5, 1977 Ibar Arrington WLWWLW Caesars Palace, Las Vegas WIN
Technical knockout
Sept. 14, 1977 Fred Houpe WWWWWL Caesars Palace, Las Vegas WIN
Technical knockout
March 17, 1977 Horace Robinson WWWLWW Coliseo Roberto Clemente, San Juan WIN
Technical knockout
Jan. 16, 1977 Tom Prater WWDWWW Aboard USS Lexington, Pensacola WIN
Unanimous decision
April 30, 1976 Roy Williams WWWLWW Capitol Center, Landover WIN
Unanimous decision
April 5, 1976 Fred Askew WWWWWW Capitol Center, Landover WIN
Technical knockout
Jan. 29, 1976 Joe Gholston WWWLWW Kirby Field House, Easton WIN
Technical knockout
Dec. 20, 1975 Billy Joiner WLLLLL Coliseo Roberto Clemente, San Juan WIN
Technical knockout
Dec. 9, 1975 Leon Shaw LLWLWW DC Armory, Washington WIN
KO
Oct. 1, 1975 Rodney Bobick WWLWLW Araneta Coliseum, Barangay Cubao, Quezon City WIN
Technical knockout
Aug. 26, 1975 Charlie James LWWLLW Honolulu International Center, Honolulu WIN
Unanimous decision
Aug. 16, 1975 Obie English LWWWLL Catholic Youth Center, Scranton WIN
Technical knockout
May 16, 1975 Ernie Smith LLLWWW Convention Center, Las Vegas WIN
KO
April 26, 1975 Robert Yarborough WLLWLW Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto WIN
KO
April 9, 1975 Oliver Wright LLWLLL Honolulu International Center, Honolulu WIN
Technical knockout
March 24, 1975 Charley Green LLLLLL Richfield Coliseum, Richfield WIN
KO
Dec. 11, 1974 Joe Hathaway LLLWW Catholic Youth Center, Scranton WIN
Technical knockout
May 29, 1974 Bob Mashburn WWWLLL Catholic Youth Center, Scranton WIN
Technical knockout
April 24, 1974 Howard Darlington LLLLLL Catholic Youth Center, Scranton WIN
Technical knockout
Nov. 28, 1973 Kevin Isaac WW Arena, Cleveland WIN
Technical knockout
Nov. 14, 1973 Jerry Judge WWLWLW Catholic Youth Center, Scranton WIN
Points
Sept. 10, 1973 Bob Bozic WWWWWL Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
Unanimous decision
Aug. 22, 1973 Don Branch WLLLLL Catholic Youth Center, Scranton WIN
Unanimous decision
June 20, 1973 Curtis Whitener LL Catholic Youth Center, Scranton WIN
Technical knockout
May 2, 1973 Art Savage Catholic Youth Center, Scranton WIN
Technical knockout
March 21, 1973 Rodell Dupree LWLW Catholic Youth Center, Scranton WIN
Unanimous decision