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On this date: Larry Holmes knocks out Ossie Ocasio

A LOOK AT EVENTS THAT HAPPENED ON this date IN THE PAST. Holmes, 29, was making the second defense of the heavyweight title he took from Ken Norton by a split decision in their sensational fight in June 1978. Ocasio was an unbeaten (13-0) heavyweight from Puerto Rico who had made somewhat of a splash by outpointing Jimmy Young in consecutive fights leading into his meeting with Holmes, which gave him the opportunity to become the first Hispanic heavyweight champion. However, he was no match for the future Hall of Famer, who dominated and then stopped him in seven rounds in Las Vegas. Holmes (29-0 at the time) would go on to reign until 1985. Ocasio fought a few more times at heavyweight and then moved down to the new 190-pound cruiserweight division, at which he would win a world title.
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