One of the greatest heavyweights, Larry Holmes, has spent on the professional ring almost 30 years! He is unquestionably one of the brightest stars in heavyweight division and his carrier was really unique. On November 3, Holmes celebrates his Birthday!
Larry Holmes was born 1949 in Cuthbert, Georgia, as forth in the twelve kids family. When Larry was 5, family moved to Easton, Pennsylvania. Larry began to box at the age of 19, and after failing to qualify to the 1972 Munich Olympics, he turned pro with the amateur record of 19-3. Because of his size (6'3 feet and around 110 Kilos) and excellent physical abilities, good speed and punching power, Larry often worked as a sparring partner to such a stars as Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier and Earnie Shavers. The fast progress and the raw of straight victories earns Holmes the nickname "The Easton Assassin". On June, 1978, in Vegas, Holmes becomes WBC Champion of the World, in the hard 15 round battle beating Ken Norton. In the next five years Holmes has defended his title for 16 successful times, winning the fighters as; Earnie Shavers, Leroy Jones, Trevor Berbick, Leon Spincs, Renaldo Snipes and Gerry Cooney. In 1980, Holmes became the first and only, who could stop the great Ali (by Ali's retirement in 10-th, Ali was 38 by that time). But in 1983 victory over Tim Whitherspoon was considered as one of the most questionable in the heavyweight history! At the very same year WBC has stripped Holmes from the title, but already in 1984, the newly founded IBF presented its heavyweight title to Holmes. The new belt was defended three times by Larry, before he lost it to the former Olympic Champion, Michael Spincs in 1985, by the decision. Eight month later, in their rematch, Larry lost again with the split decision in 15 rounds. Three more times Holmes tried to win the crown. On January, 1988, he fought for the WBA, WBC and IBF undisputed title against 22-years-old Mike Tyson, but was TKO'd in the 4-th. Larry retired after this, but four-an-a-half years later came back to fight again for the undisputed title, this time against Evander Holyfield. Holmes lost on points. On April, 1995, Larry does his last world title attempt and lost on points to Oliver McCall. He fought for the last time in 2002, almost 53 years old, and then retired for good with the record of 69(44 KO)-6(1 KO).
After the retiring, Holmes has very successfully invested his money into the different busyness. He owns two restaurants, the night club, the gym and the office building. Now, The Easton Assassin is very respectable person in his hometown, and also he is inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, in 2008. Today, Larry Holmes is 64!
Eric Griffin was born 1967 in Lafayette, Louisiana. Griffin became the best American minimum weight (48 Kilo) amateur boxer ever, by winning two consecutive World Championships, in 1989 in Moscow and in 1991 in Sydney, both times beating at the finals Rogelio Marcelo of Cuba. Griffin also won 1990 Goodwill Games in Seattle and represented US team on the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. As the pro, Griffin fought for the vacant WBO light-flyweight belt in 1997, but lost by TKO in the 2-nd to The Mexican, Jesus Chong. It was Eric's last fight, after that he retired with the record of 16(13 KO)-4(4 KO). Today Eric Griffin celebrates his 46-th Birthday!