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By Alan Goldstein | February 6, 1992
Ray Mercer laughs heartily when someone wonders whether he could see himself past 40, trying to regain the heavyweight title against a young, ambitious slugger."
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December 12, 2007
CANASTOTA, N.Y. -- He has a resume that could stand beside the greatest in his sport. Yet, Larry Holmes always seemed to have to justify himself as a champion. There was no need for explanations yesterday. Holmes received the ultimate validation when he was selected to be in the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Joining him in the 2008 class were 11 other boxers and ring personalities chosen by members of the Boxing Writers Association and a panel of international boxing historians. He will be enshrined as the longest reigning world heavyweight champion in history, holding the title for nearly seven years (1978-1985)
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December 12, 2007
CANASTOTA, N.Y. -- He has a resume that could stand beside the greatest in his sport. Yet, Larry Holmes always seemed to have to justify himself as a champion. There was no need for explanations yesterday. Holmes received the ultimate validation when he was selected to be in the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Joining him in the 2008 class were 11 other boxers and ring personalities chosen by members of the Boxing Writers Association and a panel of international boxing historians. He will be enshrined as the longest reigning world heavyweight champion in history, holding the title for nearly seven years (1978-1985)
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By Lem Satterfield and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF | February 19, 2005
In a Philadelphia recreation center last August, undisputed middleweight world champion Bernard Hopkins reminisced while reading a story about him first winning the title in Landover on April 29, 1995. The story recalled former world champs Joe Frazier and Michael Spinks leading Hopkins into the ring at USAir Arena before he knocked out Segundo Mercado for the International Boxing Federation crown. Tonight, he'll try to defend his title for the 20th consecutive time, at Los Angeles' Staples Center.
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By Michael Katz and Michael Katz,New York Daily News | June 16, 1992
LAS VEGAS -- Larry Holmes can't complain that Evander Holyfield gives him no respect.Holyfield, the undisputed and undefeated champion, asked yesterday to place his 42-year-old challenger in heavyweight history, ranked him "No. 3, behind Muhammad Ali and Joe Louis.""When I look at the guy, I see someone who had good skills and was able to take it and somehow always found a way to win," Holyfield said. "He was so much better than the people in his era; they thought they were so many bums, but they weren't.
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By Larry Whiteside and Larry Whiteside,Boston Globe | June 17, 1992
LAS VEGAS -- Evander Holyfield says he truly enjoys being the undisputed heavyweight champion. But sometimes it might be better if he got to fight somebody closer to his own age.At a news conference he shared yesterday with 42-year-old challenger Larry Holmes, Holyfield discovered that the same people who were pushing for aging George Foreman to end his reign last April are at it again, jumping on the bandwagon for the former champion Holmes.Nobody has declared Friday's title fight the second coming of Ali-Frazier.
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By Alan Goldstein and Alan Goldstein,Sun Staff Writer | April 7, 1995
LAS VEGAS -- It was 17 years ago that Larry Holmes won a brutal 15-rounder with Ken Norton at Caesars Palace to claim the heavyweight title and begin a 7 1/2 -year, 20-fight reign as champion.Reflecting on that memorable battle with Norton, Holmes said, "There comes a time in a fight when you ask yourself, 'Should I quit or carry on.' The devil is telling you to give up, and your body is crying out in pain. But you ask yourself, 'Are you a champion or not?' It's just not physical ability.
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By Phil Berger and Phil Berger,New York Times | March 6, 1991
It turns out that George Foreman is the catalyst in Larry Holmes' decision to come out of retirement for a second time.When Foreman signed to fight Evander Holyfield on April 19, Holmes, 41, saw a scenario unfolding in which he could again be a player in the heavyweight division."
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By Alan Goldstein and Alan Goldstein,Sun Staff Correspondent | February 7, 1992
"There are certain things you can't get back, like the elastic in your socks."Eddie Futch, former trainer of Larry HolmesATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Former heavyweight king Larry Holmes, who fights unbeaten Ray Mercer at Convention Hall tonight, has fallen into a familiar trap that has lured countless former champions back into the ring.Blame it on ego, money concerns, missed glory, wounded pride, persistent dream, or a combination of the above. But ring legends Willie Pep, Sugar Ray Robinson, Joe Louis, Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard could not resist seeking a last hurrah until absorbing a final, embarrassing whipping.
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By Lem Satterfield and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF | February 19, 2005
In a Philadelphia recreation center last August, undisputed middleweight world champion Bernard Hopkins reminisced while reading a story about him first winning the title in Landover on April 29, 1995. The story recalled former world champs Joe Frazier and Michael Spinks leading Hopkins into the ring at USAir Arena before he knocked out Segundo Mercado for the International Boxing Federation crown. Tonight, he'll try to defend his title for the 20th consecutive time, at Los Angeles' Staples Center.
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By MILTON KENT | September 26, 1995
If Jim Walton can duplicate his own Horatio Alger-like success for CNN Sports, then someday the all-news network won't just be known for news.Walton, CNN Sports' vice president and executive producer, has reached the pinnacle of his division since joining the company in 1981 as a video journalist, the ground floor of CNN."I was very fortunate," said Walton, 37, a Bowie native and University of Maryland graduate. "I got in at the right time. CNN was just starting out, and it was a very young company.
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | August 6, 1995
In 1991, Jack Newfield, a political columnist for the New York Post, won an Emmy for a one-hour PBS documentary on promoter Don King that portrayed him as ruthlessly exploiting boxers.The documentary included an explosive confrontation between Newfield and King during a taping session. King launched a profane tirade after Newfield brought up accusations that King had accepted $1 million under the table from the apartheid government of South Africa during Nelson Mandela's boycott. Much of that dialogue was deleted for the PBS audience.
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By Alan Goldstein and Alan Goldstein,Sun Staff Writer | April 7, 1995
LAS VEGAS -- It was 17 years ago that Larry Holmes won a brutal 15-rounder with Ken Norton at Caesars Palace to claim the heavyweight title and begin a 7 1/2 -year, 20-fight reign as champion.Reflecting on that memorable battle with Norton, Holmes said, "There comes a time in a fight when you ask yourself, 'Should I quit or carry on.' The devil is telling you to give up, and your body is crying out in pain. But you ask yourself, 'Are you a champion or not?' It's just not physical ability.
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By Phil Jackman | March 8, 1994
Reading Time: Two Minutes.While the have-nots of the NBA are waiting for the draft lottery and the playoffs are raging into July, why doesn't the league have them square off in a National Invitation Tournament-type finale? Look at this dynamite field of division trailers: Bullets (18-40), 76ers (20-39), Pistons (13-44), Bucks (17-40), Timberwolves (16-41), Mavericks (8-50), Clippers (19-38) and Kings (19-38).* Perhaps it's time someone informed Gary Williams that the Baltimore and Washington newspapers don't have a say on which teams get into the NCAA tournament.
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By Phil Jackman | April 16, 1993
Major league baseball, according to CBS, commences tomorrow with the Mets and Reds in the main game and the White Sox and Red Sox from "venerable Fenway Park" the backup (1-4:30 p.m.). Channel 11 will carry the American League game.The only change in the announcing booths is Greg Gumbel moving in for Dick Stockton as the play-by-play man on the second team and there's a certain amount of irony that Gumbel draws a White Sox game right out of the box: "Growing up, I was a Sox fan and used to go to 30 to 40 games a summer.
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By Bill Lyon and Bill Lyon,Philadelphia Inquirer | June 19, 1992
LAS VEGAS -- Whenever he is introduced, his name is interrupted by a commercial.It is never simply "Evander Holyfield."It is Evander "Real Deal" Holyfield.As though there might be some doubt.And there is.Historically, the heavyweight champion of the world has never had to explain himself or issue disclaimers or defend his authenticity.Until now.It has come to this for Holyfield -- there are more than a few people who think that his title is in harm's way tonight against a 42-year-old grandfather who has love handles ridging his ample waist.
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By Larry Whiteside and Larry Whiteside,Boston Globe | June 18, 1992
LAS VEGAS -- When he initially retired from boxing, Larry Holmes had every apparent reason to be satisfied. But satisfaction proved elusive for a man who was groping for a place in history.Holmes had reached the pinnacle and made a ton of money in a distinguished career. He held the heavyweight championship for 7 1/2 years, starting his career 48-0, one win short of Rocky Marciano's record.It wasn't enough.Now a victory over undisputed champion Evander Holyfield tomorrow night could go a long way toward lifting the cloud that long has hovered over Holmes.
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By Alan Goldstein and Alan Goldstein,Staff Writer | March 6, 1992
NEW YORK -- Larry Holmes took undisputed heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield to school yesterday.With the strains of "Pomp and Circumstance" playing in the background at the St. Regis ballroom, Holmes, wearing cap and gown, was bestowed by promoter Bob Arum with a degree as "Doctor of Pugilism."The former heavyweight king, 42, who challenges Holyfield at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on June 19, waved his mock sheepskin and said, "I never thought I'd get one of these. I stayed a whole day in school -- once."
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By Alan Goldstein and Alan Goldstein,Staff Writer | June 19, 1992
LAS VEGAS -- Charles Spaziani, an Easton, Pa., attorney who has known Larry Holmes since he was a teen-ager and served as his legal adviser throughout his seven-year reign as heavyweight champion, sat in the Sports Pavilion at Caesars Palace watching Holmes work over a sparring partner."
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By Alan Goldstein and Alan Goldstein,Staff Writer | June 18, 1992
LAS VEGAS -- The strong betting on Larry Holmes in his title fight with heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield tomorrow night has apparently caught some of the leading sports books by surprise.Holmes, who opened as a 7-1 underdog a month ago, has been bet down to 4-1 by his supporters."We have a lot of money being bet on Holmes and grocery money on Holyfield," said Russ Culver, who manages the sports book at The Mirage.Added Vinnie Magliulo, who operates the betting parlor at Caesars Palace, "The public is buying this fight and rooting for Holmes, and that's quite a turnaround."
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