The night Larry Holmes gave Howard Cosell a bloody mouth

The night Larry Holmes gave Howard Cosell a bloody mouth

There was a time when Howard Cosell was very much the voice of boxing; the man on the microphone whenever the big, big fights took place. Cosell, though, was far from the most popular sports commentator in the world, with some people, be it fans or active fighters, feeling the ABC man was just a little bit too big-headed and pompous for his own good.

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Tyson Fury compares his ring exile with that of Muhammad Ali; comes out with a line borrowed straight from Larry Holmes

Tyson Fury compares his ring exile with that of Muhammad Ali; comes out with a line borrowed straight from Larry Holmes

Former heavyweight ruler Tyson Fury insists his time out of the ring, his exile if you like, is comparable to the enforced inactivity the great Muhammad Ali had to undergo back in the 1960s. As fight fans know, “The Greatest” was stripped of his world title, and prevented from earning a living by boxing, for a little over three and a half years.

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Six Rounds With Alfredo Evangelista: The former European heavyweight champ speaks on Ali, Holmes, Snipes, Spinks

Six Rounds With Alfredo Evangelista: The former European heavyweight champ speaks on Ali, Holmes, Snipes, Spinks

Spain’s Alfredo Evagelista is, along with Earnie Shavers, Larry Holmes and Leon Spinks, one of the last surviving former fighters to have gone toe-to-toe with an ageing, yet still hugely influential Muhammad Ali.

As with Shavers and Spinks, Evangelista is best known for his fight with Ali. It was back in May of 1977, some forty years ago, when a 22 year old Evangelista entered the ring against the 35 year old Ali. A huge underdog, the challenger who was born in Uruguay surprised quite a few people by pushing Ali all the way to the final bell, losing a 15-round unanimous decision in Landover, Maryland.

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Video: Ken Norton vs Larry Holmes – Classic Fight Recap

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Rummy’s Corner proudly presents another edition of a new ongoing series that will explore some of the greatest bouts in the rich history of professional boxing. This week’s second installment of “Classic Fight Recap” features the epic fifteen round heavyweight championship contest that took place on June 9, 1978, between WBC heavyweight champion Ken Norton (40-4-0) and undefeated challenger Larry Holmes (27-0-0), which took place in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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A music video tribute to Larry Holmes

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During his Hall of Fame career, Larry Holmes was like the Rodney Dangerfield of boxing – he got no respect. In recent years Holmes has finally started getting some of the much deserved respect for his amazing career and accomplishments. Holmes’ long reign had the unfortunate distinction of falling in between two of the most beloved heavyweight champions in boxing history – Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson. While Ali and Tyson were high profile controversial figures during the peaks of their respective careers, Holmes quietly carved out a more dominant reign as heavyweight champion than either of them. Holmes has been grossly overlooked and unappreciated by many boxing observers for a very long time, and even today when he is just beginning to receive his just dues, some factions continue to underrate this skills, heart, accomplishment, and longevity.

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Kings of the Ring: A Conversation with Mike Tyson and Larry Holmes at Turning Stone

Kings of the Ring: A Conversation with Mike Tyson and Larry Holmes at Turning Stone

VERONA, NY (June 4, 2014) — Turning Stone hosted “Kings of the Ring: A Conversation with Mike Tyson and Larry Holmes” today to promoted this week’s ESPN Friday Night Fights (see fact sheet below), promoted by Iron Mike Productions, at the resort casino in upstate New York.

Longtime sports columnist for the Syracuse Post-Standard and Syracuse.com, Bud Poliguin, served as the moderator, asking the two Hall of Famers and world heavyweight champions a series of questions, before the floor was opened for the many fans in attendance to ask Tyson and Holmes questions.

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