This Day in Boxing

Larry Holmes KOs Ossie Ocasio This Day March 23, 1979

 

 

Larry Holmes KOs Ossie Ocasio This Day March 23, 1979

Holmes Defends his heavyweight crown

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Larry Holmes 214 lbs
  • Ossie Ocasio 207 lbs
  • TKO at 2:38 in round 7 of 15
  • Location: Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas Hilton Pavilion, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
  • Referee: Carlos Padilla
  • Judge: Art Lurie
  • World Boxing Council Heavyweight Title (2nd defense by Holmes)

 

 

Notes

The fight was televised live in prime time on ABC-TV.

Earnie Shavers knocked out Ken Norton in one round on the undercard.

5,376 fans paid $345,000 to see the fight at the Las Vegas Hilton Pavilion.

Holmes earned $1.2 million and Ocasio got $250,000.

Holmes dropped Ocasio four times in the seventh round. The first knockdown was from a jab. The next three knockdowns came from right hands

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