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Larry Holmes (American Athlete)
Larry Holmes is a former world heavyweight boxing champion. Although a native of Georgia, Holmes has spent the majority of his life in Easton, Pennsylvania, in the state's Lehigh Valley region, giving rise to his boxing nickname, "The Easton Assassin."
As a professional heavyweight, Holmes won his first 48 bouts, beating the likes of Ken Norton, Earnie Shavers, Tim Witherspoon, Gerry Cooney, James "Bonecrusher" Smith and Muhammad Ali. As champion, Holmes successfully defended his title 20 times, second only to Joe Louis, with 25 defenses. He fell just one short of matching the record of Rocky Marciano, who retired undefeated after 49 wins in 49 bouts, when he controversially lost to light-heavyweight champion Michael Spinks by unanimous decision in 1985. After losing the rematch with Spinks on a disputed split decision, Holmes promptly retired from the sport, aged 36.