Below is a facetime video interview with former undisputed heavyweight champion Larry Holmes regarding the upcoming Joseph Parker v Carlos Takam fight.
Holmes was the first IBF Heavyweight champion – legitimising the sanctioning body overnight because he was also the lineal and undisputed world champion at the time.
He the only man in history to stop Muhammad Ali inside the distance and was heavyweight world champion for seven years. He defended the world title 20 times placing him third on the all-time list behind Joe Louis and Wladimir Klitschko.
Hall of Fame Boxing Commentator, Col Bob Sheridan, who has called 999 world title fights in a 10,000 fight career believes Holmes is the best fighter he has ever seen, ahead of Ali, Frazier, Foreman, Tyson and Holyfield.
Larry Holmes talks Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker:
On Anthony Joshua’s victory over Charles Martin
I’ve seen Joshua fight before and what I did that he didn’t do and is not doing, I threw a lot of jabs. He don’t jab a lot. He might throw 10 jabs a round. I threw 20,30,40
On Parker v Takam IBF Title Eliminator, May 21, 2016 – the winner become the number one mandatory challenger to Anthony Joshua.
I would like to come to NZ to see Joseph fight because he is supposed to be similar to me (the way he jabs), he’s a little bigger than me, and if he’s similar to me then he’s a good chance to be heavyweight champion of the world for a long, long time to come.
I want Joseph to throw that jab like I throw it, slap him with the jab.
On meeting Joseph Parker in 2014
He was at my restaurant and we talked down there a little bit and then we were in Vegas and I talked to him in Vegas. He’s got a nice personality. You always want to wish a fighter the best and I still wish him the best. I want the best man to win but I also want to see a good fight.