Archie Moore, Larry Holmes and Earnie Shavers former champions and contender MULTI SIGNED Big Book Of Boxing Magazine, edition November 1979.
Condition excellent (bottom right corner crease and light surface creases to front cover)
Archie Moore fought for an incredible 27 years and knocked out more opponents -- 141 victims -- than anyone else in the history of boxing. He became the light heavyweight champion at the age of 39 and is the only man to have fought both Rocky Marciano and Muhammad Ali.
Moore, who turned pro in 1936, debuted in the World rankings as a middleweight in the early 1940s. By 1945, Moore moved up to light heavyweight and although he was continually passed over for a title shot, he remained a fixture in the 175-pound rankings. Finally, in 1952, four days after his 39th birthday, Moore secured a shot against light heavyweight champion Joey Maxim. He won the title by decision and held onto it for nearly a decade.
In 1955, Moore attempted to win the heavyweight title from Rocky Marciano. Although he dropped Marciano early in the fight, Marciano rallied and stopped Moore in the ninth round.
A year later, after Marciano retired, Moore met Floyd Patterson for the vacant heavyweight crown but was stopped in five.
Although he fell to bigger men, Moore was nearly unbeatable at light heavyweight. He made nine title defences and engaged in memorable contests with Maxim, Yvon Durelle and Harold Johnson. In his first fight with Durelle, the Canadian challenger dropped more three times in the first round and once in the fifth round. But Archie responded by dropping Durelle in the seventh and knocking him out in the 11th round.
Moore would eventually be stripped of the light heavyweight title by the NBA and the New York State Athletic Commission.
So he simply continued to battle bigger men. He knocked out former Olympic heavyweight champion Pete Rademacher in 1961 and was stopped by Ali in 1962. Moore's age is listed as 49 at the time of the Ali fight, but some ring experts insist he was actually older since his date of birth has been disputed.
Moore retired after one fight -a third-round TKO of Mike DiBiase - in 1963.
All totaled, Moore fought nine World champions and seven Hall-of-Famers. He had multi-fight series with some of the game's top fighters. He won four of five fights from Jimmy Bivins and Harold Johnson, he won all three fights against Maxim and lost all three of his fights against Ezzard Charles.
Moore remained active in boxing as a trainer. He once worked with a young Ali and later with heavyweight champion George Foreman.
Larry Holmes, born on November 3, 1949 in Cuthbert, Georgia. Holmes and his family relocated to Easton, Pennsylvania in 1956 where he began boxing at the local PAL.
As an amateur, Holmes compiled a 19-3 record and advanced to the 1972 Olympic Trails. He turned pro in 1973 and gained valuable experience while sparring with heavyweight champions Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. A win over hard-punching Earnie Shavers (W 12) garnered Holmes a WBC title go with Ken Norton on June 9, 1978. In one of the great heavyweight title bouts of all-time, Holmes won the title via 15-round decision. Behind his signature left jab, an impressive string of seventeen defences followed, including wins over Mike Weaver, Shavers, Scott LeDoux, Muhammad Ali, Leon Spinks, Trevor Berbick, “Tex” Cobb and a much-hyped bout with Gerry Cooney.
In 1982, The Ring magazine named Holmes “Fighter of the Year.” He relinquished the WBC strap in 1983 and accepted recognition from the newly formed International Boxing Federation (IBF) as champion. Three successful title defences followed (TKO 12 James “Bonecrusher” Smith, KO 10 David Bey, and W 15 Carl “The Truth” Williams) before losing the title to Michael Spinks (L 15) on September 21, 1985.
Following a disputed loss (L 15) in the rematch, Holmes retired.
He returned to the ring to challenge for the title three times, against Mike Tyson in 1988 (TKO by 4), Evander Holyfield in 1992 (L12) and Oliver McCall in 1995 (L12). In 2002 Holmes hung up the gloves for good with a 69-6 (44 KOs) record.
A successful businessman, Holmes owns and operates a variety of business ventures in Easton.
Known as the "The Acorn" and "Black Destroyer", Shavers compiled one of the most amazing records in boxing history. At one point he won almost thirty fights in a row by knockout. He scored over 20 victories in the first round alone, including that over Ken Norton. Shavers fought Muhammad Ali at Madison Square Garden on September 29, 1977 and, while almost flooring Ali with a right in the second round, he lost a close decision. Ali later said Shavers was the hardest puncher he ever faced. Shavers again fought for the title against champion Larry Holmes at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 28 of 1979. Shavers knocked Holmes down in round seven but was himself knocked out in round eleven. Holmes, known for his ability to take a punch, later said that Shavers' blow was the hardest he had ever taken in his career.