July 19, 2015 |
At the close of his 20-minute one-man show, former heavyweight champion of the world Larry Holmes had a message. "People say Muhammad Ali was the greatest," Holmes said. "They said that Rocky Marciano was the greatest, and they said that Joe Louis was the greatest. I'm here to tell you that I'm the greatest. " Widely recognized as one of the greatest heavyweights of all time, Holmes, 65, delivered that statement from a ring inside Harrah's Philadelphia Casino, where he was debuting his one-man show in front of about 200 spectators.
May 8, 2013 |
"[Family members] are under strict orders to speak up if they think I am not writing well any longer, because at this point I could write the telephone directory and get money for it. " - Author John le Carré, 81, to the New York Times MUHAMMAD ALI'S last fight was a loss to Trevor Berbick in a 10-round decision. That isn't the one I remember, though. It was the fight before that, against Larry Holmes, that will forever endure. The fight was in 1980, with Ali coming out of retirement to try to beat the champion.
June 17, 2011 |
ALLENTOWN - Larry Holmes has been recognized during his lifetime, by the Jaycees and the International Boxing Hall of Fame, with various mayoral citations and keys and honorary degrees. His office, on a street bearing his name, is replete with awards, honors, mementos, and remembrances. The former heavyweight champion isn't wanting for accolades - with the exception, perhaps, of his own hometown, he says. Well, no longer. Holmes, who grew up in public housing on Easton's South Side and dropped out of junior high school, went on to become a champion fighter and millionaire businessman.
March 23, 2005 |
It's easy - and somewhat accurate - to dismiss Eric "Butterbean" Esch as purely a novelty act. The 370-pound super heavyweight, who fights tomorrow night at the Wachovia Spectrum, travels the country boxing local sluggers in matches that almost never are scheduled for more than four rounds and average less than three. He has fought at the Texas Motor Speedway and in the Playboy Mansion, in dozens of Mississippi River and Indian casinos, and in boxing meccas such as Madison Square Garden, Caesars Palace, and the Blue Horizon.
July 30, 1997 |
For several years now, it has seemed as if former heavyweight champion Larry Holmes has been in a desperate race to stay one jump ahead of Father Time. Based on his plodding performance in last night's controversial, split-decision victory over Maurice Harris at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, it would appear the 47-year-old Holmes is, at best, in a dead heat with the one opponent no aging fighter can indefinitely outrun. "It was a tough, brutal fight," Holmes (66-6, 42 knockouts)
June 17, 1996 |
Larry Holmes ended his 23-year boxing career in style yesterday with an eighth-round knockout of Anthony Willis in his 70th pro fight. Holmes, a 46-year-old grandfather retiring at the insistence of his family, chose a Father's Day bout at Casino Magic in Bay St. Louis, Miss., where he often fought. The former heavyweight champion, from Easton, Pa., delivered a definitive right hand to Willis' temple 1 minute, 13 seconds into Round 8 of the scheduled 10-rounder. It was the 42d knockout for Holmes, who ended his career with a 65-5 record.
April 8, 1995 |
The fast lane in Easton, Pa., would be a walking path in New York or Los Angeles or Philadelphia. And that, Larry Holmes said, explains why a 45-year- old grandfather can still punch - and take punches - for a living. "My idea of a hot time is to stay home with my wife and kids," said the former heavyweight champion, who has five children and two grandchildren. "There's not much to do in Easton, but I don't care. I don't have to go to California to keep up with the Joneses.
April 7, 1995 |
Former heavyweight champion Larry Holmes became agitated when World Boxing Council heavyweight champion Oliver McCall suggested Holmes had relinquished the WBC title in 1983 because he was afraid to fight top-rated contender Greg Page. Page is now McCall's assistant trainer. The question of Holmes's motivation 12 years ago served to add some much- needed fire to the press conference leading into tomorrow night's pay-per- view matchup, which has generated little heat among fight fans.
March 17, 1995 |
Oliver McCall, a native of Chicago who calls himself the "Atomic Bull," claims that he has surpassed the most famous Bull of them all. "I hear Michael Jordan is coming back," McCall said. "But he's got to know there's a new Bull in town. " Which just goes to show that winning the heavyweight title is such a heady experience that you will challenge anyone - including one of the greatest athletes who ever lived. "Hey, I'm having fun," McCall, the World Boxing Council champion, said, smiling.