Larry Holmes

United States

Boxing

B: November 3, 1949

World Heavyweight Champion

Holmes lost in the 1972 U.S. Olympic Trials to Duane Bobick. He won his first 28 bouts, culminating in a victorious 15-round decision over Ken Norton on June 9, 1978 for the WBC heavyweight crown. Holmes defended the title 17 times between 1978 and 1983, defeating such formidable boxers as Earnie Shavers, Leon Spinks, and Gerry Cooney. On Oct. 2, 1980, Holmes faced the celebrated Muhammad Ali, who, at age 38, was mounting a comeback. Holmes won in 11 rounds, cementing his claim as world heavyweight champion. In 1983, amid ongoing disagreements with boxing promoter Don King, Holmes relinquished his WBC title. The IBF, however, still regarded him as heavyweight champion, and he defended that title three times before losing it to Michael Spinks in a 15-round decision on Sept. 21, 1985. Holmes retired after the loss, his first in 49 bouts, which kept him from matching Rocky Marciano's career record of 49-0. Holmes came out of retirement to lose a rematch to Michael Spinks in 1986. In 1988 he again returned to the ring to take on heavyweight champion Mike Tyson; the referee halted the fight in the fourth round after Holmes had endured three early knockdowns. In the 1990s, after beating opponent Ray Mercer, Holmes advanced to the title bout with Evander Holyfield, who defeated him in a decision. On April 8, 1995, he challenged Oliver McCall for the WBC heavyweight crown but lost in 12 rounds.

SUPERSTARS RECORD
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1980 Preliminary 1
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