Two Remarks That Caught Up to Both Larry Holmes and Bernard Hopkins!

by Ken Hesner: When heavyweight champion Larry “Easton Assassin” Holmes lost 48-0 to light heavyweight champion Michael “Jinks” Spinks, he took a cheap shot at former legendary heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano, ending his career at 49-0.

“If you want technical information on this, Marciano will not be able to carry a jockstrap!” Wondering why Muhammad Ali called Holmes “The Peanut Head?” After I knew Holmes and felt the bitterness he had toward me over a misunderstood incident when I was doing a boxing show in Easton, Pennsylvania, it didn’t surprise me.

“After all these years, people don’t forget that,” Holmes told Reuters in a phone interview. “It still haunts you. After all these years, people won’t let go.”

“I didn’t mean it to be humiliating. What I meant is that he can’t walk on the same sidewalk that I was on. And that’s probably the way I should have said it.”

After I served in the Army in 1965 at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, I could see the note that Holmes would walk into the gutter that had grown up in Augusta, Georgia.

“People always bring it up,” he said. “This cost me.“It doesn’t sound like an apology, it’s more of a financial regret. His restaurant wasn’t successful, and he had to pay his own money to buy his statue,” said Holmes.

The loss was to Spinks in September 1985, with a rematch in April of 1986 in Las Vegas. This writer agreed with judges Harold Lederman and Dave Moretti on the first one 143-142, not with Lawrence Wallace for Holmes 145-142 taking Spinks in the final round. It was never said that Holmes had previously suspended Spinks’ brother Leon for three rounds in June 1981.

Holmes went on to hit a pair of white opponents in “Gentleman” Gerry Cooney in June of 1982, stopping him in the thirteenth round. Next, he gave an even worse hit to strongman Randall “Tex” Cope over fifteen rounds, losing only one round on a one judge scorecard. The best part about it was commentator Howard Kozel’s retirement from the ill effects of that fight.

In May 1983, Holmes won a split decision over “terrible” Tim Witherspoon. Why was there no rematch? Obviously. Holmes got the gift decision.

Two fights later Holmes In November of 1983, Holmes broke the rules that the heavyweight was not fighting an untitled fight by defeating Marvis Frazier, 10-0, while Holmes was 44-0. Young Frazier was thrown to the wolves by his father, former “Smoken” champion Joe Frazier. After the fight, Holmes showed his bitterness, saying, “This is for the skin my father gave me at the gym.”

Holmes in defense before Spinks’ first fight defeated Carl Williams “The Truth,” a fight he thought he was lucky to win even though the results were in his favour by a wide margin.

Back in the Spinks match, Holmes lost a split decision. I had like one Judge Joe Cortez 144-141, for Holmes, while Judges Frank Brunette and Jerry Ruth preferred Spinks. There was no angry note I could remember.

Next up for Holmes was his destruction by “Iron” Mike Tyson in January of 1988 in four rounds. One thing I remember before the fighters’ introductions was the former hero, Muhammad Ali. He was seated next to the future President of the United States, Donald J. Trump. Entering the ring, Ali touched gloves with Holmes and then went to Tyson, who admired Ali and whispered something in his ear. “Kick his ass?” Who do you know?

Ali, in October 1980, was suspended for the only time in his career by Holmes after the 10th round, and he has not won a single round. It was an ill-advised match for Ali whose nice man Verdi Pacheco said he wouldn’t work in the corner and that Ali should retire.

I was at Deer Lake, Pennsylvania training camp, and I asked Ali, “Why are you fighting this fight? Look at the shape you are in.” I patted his chubby belly and replied, “I love my ice cream!” Holmes signaled to referee Richard Steele to stop the fight when he went to the body, not the head, in the final round.

Holmes traveled to Denmark and lost by split decision to Dane Brian “Super” Brian Nielsen, 31-0, who later lost in his career 49-0 to Dickie Ryan.

In the final fight of his career, Holmes took on white “fourth round” fighter Eric “Batterpan” Eshe, insisting on a ten-round fight. He had to think he could hit him and stop him. Not only did he stop him, but he received a questionable knockout from Esch in the tenth and final round. Holmes won 98-91, 97-92, 96-93.

Now let’s take a look at second-tier World Champion Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins, known in his hometown as “B-Hope”. His remark before his fight with Joe “Pride of Wales” Calzaghi, 44-0, never made an apology No white boy will ever hit me Or I won’t be able to go back to the hood.”

Hopkins knocked down Calzaghi in the first round to lose A
Divide the decision by scores 114-113, 111-116, and 112-115 in April of 2008 in Las Vegas. The debut for the USA was by Calzaghi. Hopkins went on to win the WBC Light Heavyweight Championship from Jean Pascal after a tie in their previous fight.

Therefore, one cannot say that Hopkins was a coincidence for himself when he lost to Calzaghi while fighting for another ten years. In his next-to-last fight, he lost his WBA, IBF, and WBO titles to Russian Sergei “Krusher” Kovalev, defeating him 106-120 and 107-120 twice. That was in November 2014.

In Hopkins’ next and final fight in December 2016, he was knocked out by white Joe Smith Jr., 22-1, in eight rounds. Although his feet did not leave the ring hanging on the arena, he claimed that he injured his ankle and could not continue. Complete? It has been calculated!

These two statements are made by everyone who met Holmes and Hopkins.

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