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Larry Holmes

Against the Odds

Larry Holmes with Phil Berger

St. Martin's Press

In Larry Holmes, the reader will experience the uplifting odyssey that took Larry Holmes from a boxing nobody to a world champion. Holmes is considered to be one of the greatest heavyweight champions of our time and held the title for more than seven years. But his rise to the top was hardly an easy one. He began his life as one of twelve children raised by a single mother in Cuthbert, Georgia, and had to struggle in poverty for the first sixteen years of his life. His road to champion-from which he would net $40 million-was one requiring doggedness and extreme courage, qualities that led people to dub Holmes "The People's Champion."
Also featured in the book is an insider's look at Holmes relationship with Muhammad Ali, his views on the state of boxing in the 1990s-including the Mike Tyson situation, his fights with Don King, and his ratings of the top boxers today. Larry Holmes is a champion in every sense of the word. He has risen to every challenge he faced-from poverty to ridicule to naysayers-and his life story is both inspiring and moving.

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CHAPTERONE
The sun was just coming up when the last of the Holmes family of Cuthbert, Georgia, climbed into Uncle Willie’s beat-up Chevy and headed north.
All our belongings were loaded into the trunk of the car, or strapped onto the roof. We were leaving the hard times of the sharecropper’s life for a better chance in a place called Easton, Pennsylvania.
At least that’s what my mother, Flossie, told me. And young as I was, I knew that what we had in Cuthbert was no bargain. So I wasn’t shook about leaving. I was six years old that Georgia morning in 1955 as the
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  • Larry Holmes with Phil Berger

  • Larry Holmes runs his businesses in Easton, Pennsylvania, and trains everyday. Phil Berger is the author of eight nonfiction books. He lives in New York City.
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Against the Odds

Larry Holmes with Phil Berger

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