Larry Holmes boldly takes it to Earnie Shavers of their 1979 rematch, a basic matchup as a result of dramatic seventh-round knockdown. Photograph from The Ring archive
On today (September 28) in 1979, Larry Holmes proved his championship mettle (and recuperative energy past any doubt) by getting up and battling to a late-stoppage victory after being floored by arguably the toughest puncher in heavyweight historical past.
Holmes, who was making the fourth protection of the WBC title he gained in an epic battle with Ken Norton in 1978, was dropped by a right-hand bomb from Earnie Shavers that might have put any heavyweight not named Muhammad Ali asleep in Spherical 7. Ringside sports activities writers say the noise made by the affect of Shaver’s fist is the loudest punch they’ve ever heard. Someway, Holmes, who had outpointed Shavers in a title-elimination bout previous to the showdown with Norton, bought up and wore the decided KO puncher right down to an Eleventh-round stoppage.
Read a full account of this classic heavyweight clash within the May 2022 issue of The Ring, which celebrates Holmes’ hall-of-fame profession. Click here to purchase the print edition of the particular difficulty.
Ring Journal was there at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, and the next photographs are from its photograph archives.