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Larry Holmes vs Earnie Shavers 2

Larry Holmes vs Earnie Shavers 2

Date: 28th September 1979

Venue: Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Title: WBC World Heavyweight Title

Promoted by: Don King Productions

Tv: ABC Sports

Larry Holmes
( 31 - 0 - 0 )
Weight: 210 lbs

Earnie Shavers
( 59 - 7 - 1 )
Weight: 211 lbs

Holmes and Shavers had met in March 1978 in a final eliminator for the right to face then-champion Ken Norton with Holmes winning a wide unanimous decision. This time Holmes would be defending the WBC belt for the first time having dethroned Norton.

Shavers had gained the WBC No1 spot by knocking out Norton in 1 round 6 months earlier.

Holmes dominated Shavers throughout but, in the 7th round, Shavers detonated an overhand right that sent the champion to the canvas flat on his back. Holmes rose shaking his head trying to clear the fog. Somehow he survived the round and went to work on his dangerous but tiring challenger, eventually forcing referee Davey Pearl to save Shavers at 2:00 of the 11th round

Larry Holmes vs Earnie Shavers 2