This Day In Sports History (October 2nd) — Larry Holmes
It was on this day in 1980 that Larry Holmes defeated Muhammad Ali to retain the WBC Heavyweight title and earn The Ring Magazine’s Heavyweight championship.
Holmes entered the fight with a 35-0 record, and he had already successfully defended the WBC Heavyweight championship on seven occasions. It was his fourth fight of the year, and while it did come against a big name in Muhammad Ali, this wasn’t exactly Ali in his prime, as the man they call “The Greatest” had come out of retirement in an attempt to become the first four-time Heavyweight champ, but he would fall incredibly short of reaching that goal.
The Easton Assassin dominated the bout from start to finish, winning every round on every scorecard before Ali’s trainer finally stopped the fight at the end of the tenth.
Holmes would reel off 12 more wins following his victory over Ali, falling just one victory short of Rocky Marciano’s record of 49 straight wins. He would end his career in 2002 with a 69-6 record, and he has since been considered by many to be one of the greatest heavyweight fighters of all time.
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