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On June 12, 1981, Larry Holmes defeated Leon Spinks to retain the WBC heavyweight boxing title he had first claimed just over three years earlier with a split decision over Ken Norton.

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Holmes would go on to defend his crown ten more times, before losing to Spinks’ brother Michael in a 15-round bout on September 21, 1985.


Holmes entered the fight with Spinks with a perfect 37-0 record with 27 of the wins coming by KO. Legendary announcer Howard Cosell called the action as Homes cruised to a relatively easy 3rd round victory by TKO.

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In all, Holmes made 20 successful title defenses, placing him behind only Joe Louis at 25, and much later, Wladimir Klitschko at 22.