Yiddle· Forum Co-owner
So would we of been looking at norton,foreman,shavers and Lyle. Do you think young would of been black balled as not box office enoughI think it was too early for Holmes at that point. King, who was still pretty new to the sport and no great talent spotter any way, probably had him down as "just" Alis sparring partner.
Thanks I will try to pick up a copy next month when hopefully I will have finished one of the books my daughter got me for ChristmasYou should check out The Life and Crimes of Don King, I haven't read it for a while. Might even have a pdf file of it somewhere...
But from what I remember, King got a stake in Shavers early '73. In time to see him dispatch Jimmy Young.
Excited by the prospect of a future champion, King went about gaining control of Shavers.
He quickly began creating turmoil between his long-time backers. King sacked Shavers trainer, Archie Moore, prior to Quarry fight and all around disturbed Shaver's camp. When Shavers lost to Quarry, King dropped all interest.
Shavers was meant to receive $75,000, instead King paid him... $3,000.
(That was King's very first dealing with a boxer. Sounds familiar anyone?)
There's a whole chapter on Holmes in there. That'll hopefully give you plenty of information to help you with any type of conjecture.
Probably Norton, Lyle, or Foreman. Larry wasn't a proven commodity yet.If Ali had retired after the 3rd Frazier fight would don king have spotted Holmes as his best bet to keep hold of the tittle and moved Holmes quicker. Or would he of gone for another fighter perhaps shavers thinking it was to early for holmes
Good stuff!Perfect segue for some Larry Holmes quotes >>>
"Don King is an equal opportunity scumbag. He screws everybody."
"Don King doesn't care about black or white. He just cares about green."
"All fighters are prostitutes and all promoters are pimps."
"I came from a dirt farm and now I am filthy rich."