In Recognition of Larry Holmes on the Occasion of the Unveiling of the Larry Holmes Statue in Easton, Pennsylvaniaby Representative Matt Cartwright
Posted on 2015-12-15
in the house of representatives
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Mr. CARTWRIGHT. Mr. Speaker, I rise to honor Larry Holmes, who
reigned as World Boxing Council Heavyweight Champion from 1978 to 1983,
and who will be honored with the installment of a bronze statue
depicting the Champ about to strike a punch. His accomplishments not
only made the City of Easton known nationally, they also inspired
others to strive to be their best, to be a champ.
The statue unveiling held on Sunday, December 13 commenced with a Championship Parade that began on 3rd Street in front of the new Easton City Hall and continued onto the Drive named in the Champ's honor and down to the statue's location in Scott Park on the confluence of the Delaware and Lehigh Rivers.
``The Easton Assassin'' grew up in the projects. At the age of 13, he dropped out of school to support his family. At the age of 19, he started boxing and pursued a legendary career. His left jab is rated among the best in boxing history. An impressive 44 of his 69 wins were from knockouts. Holmes was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2008.
Larry Holmes is not just a champ for his boxing; he is a champ for his service to the community. After retiring from boxing, Holmes became a businessman and invested in his hometown. He is noted to have employed more than 200 people through his various business holdings at one time including Larry Holmes Enterprises, a real estate and property management company; two restaurants; a training facility; and an office complex. Over the years, he has been a role model for young fighters, and he has supported various charities and youth groups throughout the Lehigh Valley, in particular the Easton Area Community Center (EACC), which used to be known as St. Anthony's Youth Center--the place where he first learned to box. Later, and thanks to Holmes, the EACC's annual fundraiser became well-known as an event attended by boxing champions. Holmes can often be seen at community events and performing with his band.
It is an honor for me to recognize Larry Holmes. He has been a good son to Easton. Through this statue, visitors for generations will see the heart of a legend.
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