History | Nov 03 2017

On This Day: Larry Holmes is born in 1949

Matt Christie reflects on Larry Holmes and one of the greatest heavyweight careers in history
Larry Holmes
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LARRY HOLMES had one of the best jabs in history, superhuman recuperative powers, and intelligence that shone through his extreme talent. Above all, though, he was the right guy at the wrong time.

Larry was the fourth of 12 children and such was the family’s poverty, he dropped out of school in the seventh grade and worked at a car wash in an effort to provide support. Larry began boxing at the age 19 and quickly found the art of fighting to his liking. He competed in the 1972 Olympic Trials in just his 22nd bout but after being disqualified against Duane Bobick he opted to turn professional.

In the year 1973 Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, George Foreman and Ken Norton were hogging the heavyweight attention at the top with the likes of Jerry Quarry, Joe Bugner and Ron Lyle scampering around just below. Holmes’ arrival on the landscape went virtually unnoticed.


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