On December 13th, a legend of the ring, the great Larry Holmes, will be immortalised with the unveiling of a fantastic statue in his honor at the Easton’s Scott Park, between Larry Holmes Drive and Delaware River in Pennsylvania. Holmes, who is among the 10 best heavyweight fighters in history, will be honored for his brilliance and valour as a fighter and as a magnificent green and gold champion. The American was born in Cutbert, Georgia, on 3 November 1949.
Also known as the “Easton Assassin” he started boxing as amateur, but then graduated to the pro ranks on 21 March 1973, defeating Rodell Dupree by decision in four rounds. During his early years in the pro school of hard knocks, Holmes worked as a sparring partner for Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier and Earnie Shavers among other greats of the ring. For this fundamental bread and butter reason, he gained a wealth of experience that he shrewdly and deftly used during his own matches.
With an undefeated record the opportunity of a world title arrived. He clashed with Ken Norton on 9 June 1978 and after a monumental battle, Holmes defeated Norton by decision. He dug deep and then deeper to finish the stronger, edging the all important final round. The Georgian defended his crown 16 times.
He fought the very best of his era, among them: Ali, Evander Holyfield, Oliver McCall, Mike Tyson, Leon Spinks and Trevor Berbick. Holmes was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in June 2008.