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36 years ago

Larry Holmes vs James Smith

Larry Holmes vs James Smith

Date: 9th November 1984

Venue: Riviera Hotel & Casino, Outdoor Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Title: IBF World Heavyweight Title

Promoted by: Don King Productions

Tv: HBO World Championship Boxing

Larry Holmes
( 45 - 0 - 0 )
Weight: 221 1/2 lbs

James Smith
( 14 - 1 - 0 )
Weight: 227 lbs


After being crowned the inaugural IBF world heavyweight champion, Holmes made his 1st defence of the title against James "Bonecrusher" Smith at The Riviera Hotel & Casino, Outdoor Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

After plenty of early success that lead to a healthy points lead, Holmes was rocked by Smith's right hands on a few occasions as well as badly cut after a head-clash, but, he came back to cut Smith over the left eye in the 11th round with a short right hand. Referee Davey Pearl stopped the action in the 12th round and asked Smith if he wanted to continue to which the resident of Magnolia, North Carolina replied 'Call it off.'

Smith would go on to become WBA champion in December 1986 with a 1st round stoppage of Tim Witherspoon at Madison Square Garden.