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1994 Larry Holmes Signed Fight Trunks (vs. Garing Lane)
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $705
Pair of white Everlast boxing trunks worn by former heavyweight boxing champion Larry Holmes in a bout against Garing Lane on March 8, 1994. The trunks are accompanied by a signed letter of authenticity directly from Larry Holmes, typed on his personal stationery, which reads in part: “This letter refers to the boxing robe, trunks and shoes I wore in my fight with Garing Lane on March 8. 1994 at Foxwood’s Casino in Connecticut, which I won by decision. The robe and trunks are both white satin with red trim and have an Everlast manufacturing label. I have signed both in black and have dated them March 8, 1994 for the date of the fight.” (Please Note: the robe and shoes referenced by Holmes in his letter are not included in this lot; only the trunks are offered here.) Holmes has inscribed the trunks “Larry Holmes – Peace – 3/8/94” in black Sharpie (grading “9/10”) on the left front leg . The trunks, trimmed in red, feature an Everlast manufacturer’s tag (size “XL”) in the waistband and display moderate wear. Larry Holmes was one of the greatest heavyweight champions in boxing history. Nicknamed the “Easton Assassin” (he hailed from Easton, Pennsylvania), he began his professional career in 1973 and won his first twenty-seven bouts prior to defeating Ken Norton for the WBC heavyweight championship on June 9, 1978. Possessing one of the best left-hand jabs in the sport, Holmes dominated the heavyweight division for the next seven years, successfully defending his title twenty times over that period, a feat surpassed only by Joe Louis (25 title defenses). Included in that amazing win streak were signature wins over Mike Weaver, Ernie Shavers, Muhammad Ali, Trevor Berbick, Leon Spinks, Gerry Cooney, and Tim Witherspoon. He eventually lost the title to Michael Spinks on September 21, 1985 in a controversial fifteen-round decision. After losing to Spinks once again in a title rematch in 1986, Holmes retired for two years before resuming his career again in 1988. Although still a formidable fighter at the age of thirty-nine, he failed in his two later title attempts and retired for good in 2002. Holmes finished his career with a 69-6 record and 44 knockouts. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2008. The fight against Garing Lane, which Holmes won by decision in ten rounds, was the sixty-fourth bout of his professional career and marked his sixtieth win. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $705
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