When Andy Ruiz beat Anthony Joshua back in June, many were shocked, some were amazed, and others pointed to his body. Ruiz is not a guy who is going to win a bodybuilding contest, but many forget that boxing is not a bodybuilding contest, and Ruiz proved that against Joshua.
One man who dominated the heavyweight division in the ’80s, the great Larry Holmes, was another boxer that did not have the greatest physique. However, it did not matter. Holmes would go on to have 20 straight title defenses, and at one point, was 48-0, and one win away from tying Rocky Marciano’s record of 49-0, before losing to Michael Spinks in 1985.
While Holmes did not have the body, he sure had the jab, which is considered by some to be the greatest jab in history of the heavyweight division.
“I had no body, no chest,” Holmes told Paul Gant. “I had big arms, but that’s all I had, but you know what, it’s this.”(Holmes begins to throw his legendary jab)
In the end, Holmes believes if you use the jab effectively, you will have a lot of success.
“If you can work a jab, you gonna win,” Holmes added.
Holmes also had toughness. Whether it was winning the 15th round against Ken Norton to capture his first title in 1978, or getting off the mat to stop Ernie Shavers, Holmes always did what he needed to do to get the victory.
Through it all, “The Easton Assassin” also gave back to his community, which is one of the reasons there is a statue of Holmes in his hometown of Easton, Pennsylvania.
Last weekend, we caught up with Holmes at his 5th annual Heart of a Legend Celebrity Golf weekend in Easton, PA.
Listen below as Holmes talks the importance of giving back to his community, his jab, and more.