Larry Holmes returning to ring for one-man show

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Larry Holmes, 65, shared his thoughts on heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko.

Larry Holmes doesn't watch too much boxing anymore. However, the former heavyweight champion and Hall of Famer believes there is a fighter out there who can dislodge the five heavyweight belts that Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko holds.

"He ain't talented; he's just a big guy with some power," said Holmes, 65, who once defended the heavyweight title 20 straight times. "I think the big guy from South Carolina [WBC champion Deontay Wilder] has the size and a decent jab. If he develops it more, I think he can beat him. If he uses his jab and really learns how to step side to side, he can beat him."

Klitschko (64-3, 54 knockouts) has won 18 straight title defenses. He will face Tyson Fury on Oct. 24. Wilder (34-0, 33 KOs) is still looking for an opponent for a Sept. 26 title defense.

Holmes will step between the ropes before either man. The Easton Assassin was in Philadelphia on Tuesday to promote the debut of his one-man show.

The show starts this Friday at Harrah's in Chester. Holmes will meet fans beforehand, then step into the ring for the show. He'll crack jokes, maybe sing some songs - he opened for the Temptations and Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes not long after he retired from boxing - and he'll field questions from the audience. Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson had a successful one-man show that was filmed by HBO.

There will be eight fights on the World Extreme Entertainment card, including a match pitting Jeff Mayweather (Floyd's uncle) against actor David Long.

"It's going to be an entertaining night," promoter Damon Feldman said. "People are going to be able to be up close and personal with one of the greatest heavyweight champions of any era."

Holmes used to travel between his hometown of Easton and Philadelphia when he was a sparring partner for former heavyweight champion Joe Frazier. He held the WBC championship from 1978-83, The Ring championship from 1980 to 1985, and the IBF crown from 1983-85.

Holmes used to own real estate in Easton, most of which he has sold. He said he is not doing this for money.

"I've got plenty of money," Holmes said, "but I'm always happy to make more."


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