Larry Holmes is Now a 69-Year-Old Businessman in Easton, Pennsylvania

March 15, 2024

Boxing legend larry holmes is now a 69-year-old businessman and resident of Easton, Pennsylvania. He has two restaurants, a nightclub and a training facility. He is also a TV host and a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame. His career spanned 27 years and included 20 successful title defenses.

The first time the hard-punching Holmes faced Earnie Shavers in March of 1978, he scored a lopsided twelve-round unanimous decision. This victory set up a fight with WBC Heavyweight Champion Ken Norton in Las Vegas on June 9, 1978. The fight would prove to be the biggest of Holmes’ career and he earned the title of “Easton Assassin.”

This marked the beginning of one of the most dominant reigns in heavyweight history. Holmes made 19 straight title defenses before losing to Michael Spinks. In doing so, he became the only light heavyweight to lose a championship to a heavier opponent. After a rematch, Holmes went on to retire in 1986. He returned once more to take a shot at the title with Oliver McCall in 1995 but was stopped in round 12.

After retiring from the ring, Holmes focused on his career as a television host and trainer. He has also devoted much of his time to youth programs in his home state of Pennsylvania. Unlike many sports stars who leave their hometowns after reaching the pinnacle of their careers, Holmes never left Easton. He stayed to develop his businesses and help the city he called home grow and flourish. A 9-foot bronze statue that captures the “Easton Assassin” on offense, throwing his famous left jab will be unveiled this weekend in a riverfront park along – where else? – Larry Holmes Drive.


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