History | Nov 09 2018

On This Day: Larry Holmes halts James ‘Bonecrusher’ Smith in Las Vegas

Larry Holmes made his first defence of the IBF heavyweight title on November 9 1984, writes James Slater
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ON this day in 1984, long-reigning heavyweight king Larry Holmes met an up-and-coming future heavyweight belt holder in the colourfully nicknamed James “Bonecrusher” Smith. The fight took place at The Riviera in Las Vegas and Holmes proved to have far too much for his still somewhat inexperienced challenger.

Holmes was sporting a 45-0 record and Smith, who had lost his pro debut, being stopped by James Broad, was 14-1 as a professional. Holmes was the older man by four years at age 35.

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