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Description : Here we have an original onsite poster from the Riviera Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, on November 9, 1984 IBF heavyweight champion Larry Holmes made his 1st defence of his new IBF heavyweight title against James “Bonecrusher” Smith. The Easton Assassin was undefeated at 42-0. Bonecrusher was 14-1. The fight was scheduled for 15 rounds.

This was Holmes' first fight as IBF champion. He relinquished the WBC title on December 11, 1983 and accepted the IBF title following a dispute with the WBC and promoter Don King over how much money he would make for a mandatory defense against WBC No. 1 contender Greg Page. This was Holmes' first fight since defeating Marvis Frazier on November 25, 1983. Holmes had been scheduled to face John Tate on April 6, 1984, but the fight was canceled after Tate injured his shoulder in training. Holmes was then set to meet WBA champion Gerrie Coetzee on June 8, 1984, but the match was canceled because the promoter, JPD Sports, had trouble coming up with funding. There was then a legal dispute over who had the right to promote a Holmes-Coetzee bout.

After winning the first four rounds and landing several straight rights that had little effect on Smith, Holmes got caught with a big right in the fifth after missing with one of his own. Immediately, Holmes hung on and walked the inexperienced Smith around the ring until his head cleared. Then toward the end of the seventh, Smith came out of a crouch after ducking a right hand and hit his head against Holmes's brow, opening a deep wound. Despite the efforts of cut man Percy Richardson, the bleeding continued almost unabated.

In the eighth Holmes was caught with a wicked right, and again he had to hold on. After the round, trainer Eddie Futch told Holmes to stop loading up with the right hand and to box. "Larry sacrificed some of his skills going for the knockout," said Futch. "I told him to move and jab more, and to throw the right hand from a shorter distance so Bonecrusher's counter would go over his shoulder."

Holmes took control, hurting Smith with a Futch designed short right in the 11th that tore open Smith's left eyelid. Holmes continued to work on the cut in the 12th until referee Davey Pearl asked Dr. Donald Romeo to look at it. When the doctor informed Smith that the cut was serious and asked Smith if he wanted to continue, Bonecrusher said, "Call it off." The cut required 20 stitches. Holmes earned $1 million and Smith was paid $175,000.

Postage: £10.00 Special Delivery... £20.00 International.

Condition : Very Good for Age/Minor handling edgewear with a few tiny creases with one evident just on the 'vs' of Holmes/Frazier to the top left hand side./framed 4 display prurposes only!
Size : 28in x 22in
Price : £300.00
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