Lethal left jabs

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Larry Holmes, who with one of the most lethal left jabs in the game ruled the heavy­weight box­ing world for seven years and fought un­til he was 52 (he’s 69), talked about how good life has been for a grade school dropout who grew up in a poor fam­ily liv­ing in the projects where it is so easy for a black kid to take a wicked wrong turn in life.

He dropped out of school to work in a car wash for $1 an hour and help out his fam­ily. Then, at age 19, he took up box­ing at a lo­cal gym. It was a life changer.

He owes it all, he pointed out, to a box­ing ca­reer, hard work ... and his wife, Diane, of 38 years, who could be de­scribed as the “se­cret weapon” in his suc­cess story, par­tic­u­larly in nav­i­gat­ing his post-fight ca­reer.

Holmes ap­pren­ticed for five years as a spar­ring part­ner for first Joe Frazer at $350 a week, then Muham­mad Ali, who upped it to $500 a week.

In 1980 Holmes bat­tered the for­mer champ for 10 rounds be­fore Ali’s cor­ner threw in the towel. It was a lop­sided vic­tory Holmes couldn’t cel­e­brate.

“In the clinches I kept telling him to give up, that I didn’t want to hurt him too bad,” said Holmes.

Holmes made mil­lions of dol­lars dur­ing his ca­reer. And, un­like so many of his peers, he

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