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Larry Holmes is a retired professional boxer from the United States who competed from 1973 to 2002. He owned the WBC heavyweight title from 1978 till 1983. Because of his upbringing in Easton, Pennsylvania, he earned the boxing moniker "Easton Assassin." Many people consider Holmes' left jab to be one of the best in heavyweight boxing career. Holmes also claimed the Ring magazine and lineal heavyweight titles from 1980 to 1985, the debut IBF heavyweight title from 1983 to 1985, and the WBC heavyweight title from 1978 to 1983.
In 1972: He faced Nick Wells in the National Olympic Trials semifinals in Fort Worth, Texas, in his twenty-first match.
In 1973: Holmes became professional after winning a four-round decision over Rodell Dupree and amassing a 19-3 amateur record.
In 1979: Holmes competed against Mike Weaver, the eventual WBA Heavyweight Champion, who had an unimpressive 19-8 record and was considered a low-key opponent.
In 1981: Holmes stopped Renaldo Snipes in the eleventh round following a knockdown in the seventh.
In 2002: It was Holmes's last fight, which he won unanimously in 10 rounds in Norfolk, Virginia over Eric "Butterbean" Esch.
Achievements and Awards:
In 1978: He was awarded the Fighter of the Year Edward J. Neil Award.
In 1982: Holmes was named Fighter of the Year by Ring magazine.
In 2008: It was an honor for him to be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
In sports history, Holmes' left jab stands among Randy Johnson's fastball and Tiger Woods' chip shots as one of the greatest weapons.
Holmes was the last outstanding heavyweight champion in 15 rounds, and he frequently made late breakthroughs. Holmes beat Norton for the final 30 seconds to win when the judges decided to keep their battle between him and Norton at 14.
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