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On at the present time: Larry Holmes drops Ocasio with a jab, scores 4 knockdowns, retains WBC title


The proper punch needs to be felt and never seen.

On March 23, 1979, Larry Holmes made the second protection of his WBC heavyweight title in opposition to Puerto Rican challenger Ossie Ocasio on the Las Vegas Hilton.

Holmes, who had dethroned Ken Norton in a traditional battle the earlier June and blasted out Alfredo Evangelista in his maiden protection, was on red-hot type as soon as once more. Ocasio was outclassed from the opening bell and because the rounds progressed the injury intensified.

In Spherical 7, Holmes scored 4 memorable knockdowns. The primary got here courtesy of a rocket left jab; the second from a straight proper to the jaw; the third from one other vicious proper; and Ocasio went out for good from a jolting left hook that spun him on to his face.

Ocasio earned his shot at Holmes by posting two choice wins over the criminally underrated Jimmy Younger. He would by no means battle for a heavyweight championship once more however did take pleasure in a reign because the WBA cruiserweight titleholder within the mid-Eighties.

On the Holmes-Ocasio undercard, power-puncher Earnie Shavers brutally knocked out Norton within the opening spherical.

 

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