Former heavyweight world champion Larry Holmes and Easton, Pennsylvania, are perfect together. “The Easton Assassin” became a star worldwide but never left his community; after all these years, he still lives in Easton and finds time to give back.
Last weekend, Holmes and his wife, Diane, hosted many former athletes and celebrities at the Green Pond Country Club in Bethlehem, PA, at the 7th Annual “Heart of a Legend” celebrity golf outing.
Holmes loves the city of Easton and enjoys helping his community, and the “Heart of a Legend” Foundation does just that. The foundation does many things, including helping homeless shelters and handing out scholarships to deserving students. Holmes likes being around Easton and enjoys that everybody knows his name.
“You can’t build a home running,’ Holmes said. “You gotta build a home by staying home. Everybody here, if they don’t know me, they know of me, and this is what I really like.”
The 72-year-old Holmes was a world champion from 1978 to 1985 and, along the way, made a lot of money. Holmes retired a few times and came back, but he finally called it quits for good in 2002.
No one knows where life will take you, but never in his wildest dreams did Holmes, who grew up in poverty in Easton, think this would be his life.
“Could you imagine Larry Holmes sitting at the golf course having his own golf tournament?” Holmes said. “Could you imagine that? Not Larry Holmes, the guy from the projects, Delaware Terrace. Not him, Larry Holmes, but it happened. I took over. Let the bad out; let the good in.”
Some people say things, while others do things. Whether it’s buying businesses and employing many people over the years in Easton or giving back through his foundation, Holmes has proven that he will do anything to help, uplift, and support his hometown of Easton, Pennsylvania.
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.
One of the biggest fights that can be made in boxing is WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua(21-0, 20 KOs) versus WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder(40-0, 39 KOs) in a heavyweight unification bout. The two sides have been going back and forth but were unable to come to an agreement.
Now, Joshua is expected to battle Alexander Povetkin in September.
If and when Joshua fights Wilder, former heavyweight champion Larry Holmes believes Wilder would get the victory.
We caught up with the “Easton Assassin” at the 4th annual Heart of a Legend Celebrity Golf weekend in Easton, PA. Holmes discussed his Heart of Legend Celebrity Golf weekend, the state of boxing, his golf game, and Joshua-Wilder.