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Larry Holmes
(1949-____) born on
Nov 3
US boxer. He won the WBC heavyweight title from Ken Norton, 1978; holds one of the highest records for consecutive wins (48) for a career of 53 to 3.
         
   
F
I decided to box my way out of the ghettol.

R
It s hard being black. You ever been black? I was black once -- when I was poor.
A
I don't want you guys to write, "Larry Holmes fought one too many."
N
There is no quit in me.
K
People think that I reached the top overnight; well, it took me fourteen years. I was twenty-nine before I really made it. I've had my jaws and hands broken. One arm is out of place. I've paid my dues in this business.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: c. 1982, in "My Soul Looks Back, 'Less I Forget," by Dorothy Winbush Riley, 1995.
R: In "On Boxing," by Joyce Oates, 1987.
A: On retirement, before his fight with David Bey, Mar 1985.
N: Before his defeat to Mike Tyson, Jan 1988.
K: c. 1983, in "My Soul Looks Back, 'Less I Forget," by Dorothy Winbush Riley, 1995.
   


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