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Larry Holmes Record

69-6
Total Fights75
Wins69
Losses6
Draws0
No-Contests0
Title Wins2
Title Defenses20
Title-Fight KOs15
KO Wins44
KO Losses1
Larry Holmes Record & Stats
Larry Holmes' Record
Larry Holmes' boxing record and career infographic

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      What is Larry Holmes' boxing record?

      In a professional boxing career spanning 29 years and four months, Larry Holmes fought 75 times with 69 wins and 6 losses.

      Holmes retired from professional boxing with a record of 69-6, which included one world-championship elevation, two world-title wins, and 20 successful title defense fights at the heavyweight weight division. He had a 58.7% knockouts-to-fights ratio with 44 of his total 75 fights being knockout wins, 15 of which were in title fights. The only knockout loss in Holmes' career was a 4th round KO loss to Mike Tyson in a heavyweight title fight.

      His last fight was a 10-round unanimous decision victory over Eric Esch on July 27, 2002.

      Some of Holmes' best fights and notable victories include wins over two Hall-of-Famers (Muhammad Ali and Ken Norton), Leon Spinks, Carl Williams, Tim Witherspoon, Ray Mercer, Trevor Berbick, and Alfredo Evangelista.

      #DateAgeOpponentResVia
      75Jul 27, 200252Eric EschWinUD
      74Nov 17, 200051Mike WeaverWinTKO6
      73Jun 18, 199949James SmithWinTKO8
      72Jul 29, 199747Maurice HarrisWinSD
      71Jan 24, 199747Brian NielsenLossSD
      70Jun 16, 199646Anthony WillisWinKO8
      69Apr 16, 199646Quinn NavarreWinUD
      68Jan 9, 199646Curtis SheppardWinKO4
      67Sep 19, 199545Ed DonaldsonWinUD
      66Apr 8, 199545Oliver McCallLoss *UD
      65Sep 8, 199444Jesse FergusonWinUD
      64Mar 8, 199444Garing LaneWinUD
      63Sep 28, 199343José RibaltaWinUD
      62May 18, 199343Paul PoirierWinRTD6
      61Apr 13, 199343Ken LakustaWinRTD7
      60Mar 9, 199343Rocky PepeliWinRTD4
      59Jan 5, 199343Everett MartinWinUD
      58Jun 19, 199242Evander HolyfieldLoss *UD
      57Feb 7, 199242Ray MercerWinUD
      56Nov 12, 199142Jamie HoweWinTKO1
      55Sep 17, 199141Art CardWinUD
      54Aug 24, 199141Michael GreerWinKO4
      53Aug 13, 199141Eddie GonzalesWinUD
      52Apr 7, 199141Tim AndersonWinTKO1
      51Jan 22, 198838Mike TysonLoss *KO4
      50Apr 19, 198636Michael SpinksLoss *SD
      49Sep 21, 198535Michael SpinksLoss *UD
      48May 20, 198535Carl WilliamsWin *UD
      47Mar 15, 198535David BeyWin *TKO10
      46Nov 9, 198435James SmithWin *TKO12
      45Nov 25, 198334Marvis FrazierWin *TKO1
      44Sep 10, 198333Scott FrankWin *TKO5
      43May 20, 198333Tim WitherspoonWin *SD
      42Mar 27, 198333Lucien RodriguezWin *UD
      41Nov 26, 198233Randall CobbWin *UD
      40Jun 11, 198232Gerry CooneyWin *TKO13
      39Nov 6, 198132Renaldo SnipesWin *TKO11
      38Jun 12, 198131Leon SpinksWin *TKO3
      37Apr 11, 198131Trevor BerbickWin *UD
      36Oct 2, 198030Muhammad AliWin *RTD10
      35Jul 7, 198030Scott LeDouxWin *TKO7
      34Mar 31, 198030Leroy JonesWin *TKO8
      33Feb 3, 198030Lorenzo ZanonWin *KO6
      32Sep 28, 197929Earnie ShaversWin *TKO11
      31Jun 22, 197929Mike WeaverWin *TKO12
      30Mar 23, 197929Ossie OcasioWin *TKO7
      29Nov 10, 197829Alfredo EvangelistaWin *KO7
      28Jun 9, 197828Ken NortonWin *SD
      27Mar 25, 197828Earnie ShaversWinUD
      26Nov 5, 197728Ibar ArringtonWinTKO10
      25Sep 14, 197727Fred HoupeWinTKO7
      24Mar 17, 197727Horace RobinsonWinTKO5
      23Jan 16, 197727Tom PraterWinUD
      22Apr 30, 197626Roy WilliamsWinUD
      21Apr 5, 197626Fred AskewWinTKO2
      20Jan 29, 197626Joe GholstonWinTKO8
      19Dec 20, 197526Billy JoinerWinTKO3
      18Dec 9, 197526Leon ShawWinKO1
      17Oct 1, 197525Rodney BobickWinTKO6
      16Aug 26, 197525Charlie JamesWinPTS
      15Aug 16, 197525Obie EnglishWinTKO7
      14May 16, 197525Ernie SmithWinKO3
      13Apr 26, 197525Robert YarboroughWinKO4
      12Apr 9, 197525Oliver WrightWinTKO3
      11Mar 24, 197525Charley GreenWinKO1
      10Dec 11, 197425Joe HathawayWinTKO1
      9May 29, 197424Bob MashburnWinTKO7
      8Apr 24, 197424Howard DarlingtonWinTKO4
      7Nov 28, 197324Kevin IsaacWinTKO3
      6Nov 14, 197324Jerry JudgeWinPTS
      5Sep 10, 197323Bob BozicWinPTS
      4Aug 22, 197323Don BranchWinPTS
      3Jun 20, 197323Curtis WhitnerWinTKO1
      2May 2, 197323Art SavageWinTKO3
      1Mar 21, 197323Rodell DupreeWinPTS

      * World-title fight

      Boxing career

      Larry Holmes (The Easton Assassin) is a 74-year old retired American professional boxer. He was born in Cuthbert, Georgia, U.S. on November 3, 1949. He is a former heavyweight world champion. Holmes was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF) in 2008. His professional boxing career spanned more than 29 years — from 1973 to 2002.

      Holmes made his professional boxing debut against Rodell Dupree at the age of 23 on March 21, 1973, defeating Dupree via 4 round PTS. He went on to win 47 more consecutive fights after the debut, which included 34 wins via stoppage.

      He had his first world title fight at the age of 28 on June 9, 1978 after 27 professional fights, against Ken Norton for the heavyweight WBC title. He defeated Norton via 15 round split decision to become the heavyweight champion of the world.

      Holmes has won two world titles at heavyweight. He was elevated as world champion once. For all the details about Holmes' world title wins and defenses refer to the "Championships" section below.

      Holmes had a total of six losses in his professional boxing career.

      His last professional fight was a non-title bout against fellow American boxer Eric Esch on July 27, 2002. Holmes won the fight via 10 round unanimous decision. It's been 21 years, 11 months, and 24 days since this fight.

      Championships

      Holmes had a total of 26 world-title fights, which includes winning two world titles and 20 successful title defenses. He won 21 of these fights and lost five.

      Title Wins

      Larry Holmes fought for heavyweight world titles in six fights and won two of these fights, winning one of them via way of stoppage. In total, he won two heavyweight belts. He was elevated as world champion once, by IBF.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles WonMethod
      Oct 2, 1980Muhammad AliHeavyweightThe Ring*RTD
      Jun 9, 1978Ken NortonHeavyweightWBCSD
      * Vacant title

      Title Defenses

      Larry Holmes had 21 heavyweight world-title defense fights. He won 20 of them and lost only once.

      Following is the table of his successful title defense fights, the next section has the fights where he lost his titles.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles DefendedMethod
      May 20, 1985Carl WilliamsHeavyweightIBF, The RingUD
      Mar 15, 1985David BeyHeavyweightIBF, The RingTKO
      Nov 9, 1984James SmithHeavyweightIBF, The RingTKO
      Nov 25, 1983Marvis FrazierHeavyweightThe RingTKO
      Sep 10, 1983Scott FrankHeavyweightWBC, The RingTKO
      May 20, 1983Tim WitherspoonHeavyweightWBC, The RingSD
      Mar 27, 1983Lucien RodriguezHeavyweightWBC, The RingUD
      Nov 26, 1982Randall CobbHeavyweightWBC, The RingUD
      Jun 11, 1982Gerry CooneyHeavyweightWBC, The RingTKO
      Nov 6, 1981Renaldo SnipesHeavyweightWBC, The RingTKO
      Jun 12, 1981Leon SpinksHeavyweightWBC, The RingTKO
      Apr 11, 1981Trevor BerbickHeavyweightWBC, The RingUD
      Oct 2, 1980Muhammad AliHeavyweightWBCRTD
      Jul 7, 1980Scott LeDouxHeavyweightWBCTKO
      Mar 31, 1980Leroy JonesHeavyweightWBCTKO
      Feb 3, 1980Lorenzo ZanonHeavyweightWBCKO
      Sep 28, 1979Earnie ShaversHeavyweightWBCTKO
      Jun 22, 1979Mike WeaverHeavyweightWBCTKO
      Mar 23, 1979Ossie OcasioHeavyweightWBCTKO
      Nov 10, 1978Alfredo EvangelistaHeavyweightWBCKO

      Title Losses

      Larry Holmes lost one world-title defense fight, and lost two titles in the fight.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles LostMethod
      Sep 21, 1985Michael SpinksHeavyweightIBF, The RingUD

      Highlights

      Holmes fought a total of 75 times during his professional career, which includes 26 world-title fights at the heavyweight division. He was among the very best of his generation and was known for his great performances in his fights. These six fights are the highlight of his career.

      • June 9, 1978: Holmes wins his first world title by defeating Ken Norton via 15 round split decision. He is now the WBC heavyweight world champion.

      • November 10, 1978: Holmes successfully defends the WBC heavyweight title against Alfredo Evangelista, winning the fight via 7th round KO.

      • October 2, 1980: Holmes wins The Ring heavyweight title from Muhammad Ali, by beating Ali via 10th round RTD.

      • April 11, 1981: Holmes successfully defends the WBC and The Ring heavyweight titles against Trevor Berbick, winning the fight via 15 round unanimous decision.

      • June 12, 1981: Holmes successfully defends the WBC and The Ring heavyweight titles against Leon Spinks, winning the fight via 3rd round TKO.

      • February 7, 1992: Larry Holmes beats Ray Mercer via 12th round unanimous decision.

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