Larry Holmes is a professional boxer from the United States of America. During his sporting career, he performed in the heavy weight category. He managed to win many titles, and with them the wide popularity among boxing fans. Even the age could not stop the ambitious boxer. At 53, Larry scored his last victory, thereby setting the original record among heavyweight champions. Holmes sports achievements and now are not without attention. Many boxing fans know his story. After all, this famous athlete has a lot to learn. Now he is not only a former successful boxer, but also a diligent family man, as well as an influential businessman.
Larry Holmes was born in a large family. He had eleven sisters and brothers. In 1954, a huge family moved to Easton, and Father John decided to go to Connecticut. There he got a job as a gardener, where he remained until his death. He tried to help the family financially, but this was not enough. In order to help his mother in the maintenance of brothers and sisters, Holmes left school and began working at a car wash. He was paid one dollar per hour. A little later, he went to work in the quarry, where he operated a dump truck. In his teenage years, the young man decided to play sports. He learned his boxing skills at a youth center in Easton.
Start. Career amateur
Larry Holmes debuted in the ring as an amateur boxer in 1970. In the ring he managed to win nineteen victories, and there were only three defeats. With all this, Larry could not achieve serious success in the amateur ring. Plus, he needed money to help the family. Therefore, after three years, he becomes a professional. Fighting for symbolic titles and prizes he was tired. He decided to box for money and took his choice extremely seriously. As the future showed, Larry correctly chose his life path. Although in his youth he and his family suffered from a lack of financial resources, Larry was able to achieve fame and recognition in the boxing ring.
Professional career in the ring
Within five years, professional boxer Larry Holmes has achieved staggering results. He already had twenty-six defeated boxers. He managed to win nineteen victories, knocking out opponents. He was in the elite of the heavyweight division. In March 1978, Larry had an important battle. He boxed against Ernie Shavers, who was famous for very powerful blows, but the judges gave the victory to Larry. Three months later, Holmes fought WBC champion Ken Norton. The latter was considered the favorite in that fight. But after fourteen long rounds, Holmes was able to take the initiative and beat the enemy. In 1980, in October, Larry entered the ring against the legendary Mohammed Ali. Holmes won the fight by technical knockout. Of course, Ali was no longer so clever and quick as before. But still, this victory brought Larry international fame. He became the world line champion.
Defending your title
Holmes held regular boxing fights to defend his title. He was able to defeat many of the great boxers: Ernie Shapers, Trevor Berbick, Leon Spinks, James Smith and other famous athletes. Big resonance was caused by the announcement of the match Larry Holmes vs. Jerry Cooney. The latter was a rather popular white boxer. But in the thirteenth round, he was defeated by Holmes, who struck a technical knockout to the enemy. A lot of boxing bouts in the ring held Larry to prove to the world their right to the championship. Holmes fans were able to see a large number of interesting and intense fights.
Waiving title for belt
1983 was marked by an interesting event in the life of Larry. He gave up his WBC title. He made this decision in order to receive the IBF belt (International Boxing Federation). This organization was created shortly before Holmes received his title. The athlete said that he considers the appearance of the federation a very important event in the world of boxing. In 1985, on September 21, Holmes fought against Michael Spinks, who was a world heavyweight champion. At that time, Larry had an impressive track record. The respected and popular boxer was Larry Holmes. Athlete fights statistics were brilliant. Of the 48 battles conducted, he did not have a single defeat. Larry was nearing the Rocky Marsciano record, which won 49 fights and never lost. But in this fight, the judges gave the victory to Michael Spinks. Holmes was furious. Michael's victory was really controversial. In 1986, the opponents held a rematch. And Michael won again. Although this time his victory was even more controversial. After this bout, Larry left boxing for two years.
Return to the ring
After two years, Holmes returns to the world of boxing. His entry into the ring became a real sensation. After all, the opponent of the boxer was none other than the young Mike Tyson, who at that time already had as many as three championship belts. When the upcoming fight was announced: Mike Tyson - Larry Holmes - sports publishers began one in front of each other to predict the outcome of the fight. This fight was the only true failure in Larry's professional career. He was defeated by Tyson in the fourth round. Mike struck Holmes a technical knockout. Interesting, but Larry did not abandon his attempts to win the championship belt. He trained hard to defeat future rivals in the ring. But he was waiting for defeat. He lost several fights to Holyfield, McCall and Nielsen. Larry's last entrances to the ring took place in 2002. For all the time spent in boxing, the athlete had only 6 losses from 75 fights. In the world of sports, he received a well-deserved nickname - Oriental Killer.
Life after a boxer career
After completing his professional career as a boxer, Holmes decides to go to businessmen. And here he proved himself as an insightful and strong man. He managed to excel in many business sectors. Larry is engaged in construction, restaurant business, land management. He even took part in the development of medicines. At the moment, Holmes travels around the world. He not only travels, but also lectures, participates in various charity events. Against The Odds is an autobiographical book that Holmes released. In addition, he shot a documentary film called In The Arena. As life shows, a very versatile person is Larry Holmes.
The personal life of the former athlete is adjusted. He lives with his wife, Diane. They have a big family, in which the whole five children. They lead a quiet life in the city of Easton.