Larry Holmes auto. fullsize Everlast Boxing Glove. Holmes was one of the most dominate heavweights of all time, and defended his title more than all most anyone else. During the early part of his boxing career, Holmes sometimes was a sparring partner to then heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, whose training camp was in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. But Holmes trained predominantly in the Lehigh Valley. Holmes first gained credibility as a contender when, in 1978, he upset Earnie Shavers, winning almost every round of a 12 round bout. Holmes' victory over Shavers set up a title shot between Holmes and WBC heavyweight champion Ken Norton. Holmes won the WBC heavyweight title on June 9, 1978, defeating Norton in a 15 round slug fest. In October 1980, Ali came out of retirement to face Holmes, who had by this time defended his title 7 times. Ali was a shadow of his former self, and Holmes dominated the fight. Ali's trainer, Angelo Dundee, stopped the fight after the tenth round. Holmes successfully defended the WBC belt 17 times in all until December 11, 1983, when he voluntarily relinquished that title for the championship of the new International Boxing Federation. Payment due within seven days of auction end.