Earlier this week on December 7th, former Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes was honored with the unveiling of a statue in his likeness at Scott Park in his hometown of Easton, Pennsylvania.
The Foundation that spear-headed the drive for the statue was headed by Holmes' wife Diane, and throughout the years received support from former champion Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini as well as Heavyweight contenders Ernie Shavers and Gerry Cooney among others.
This past July, as the statue neared completion, a fund-raiser was attended by New Jersey Boxing Commissioner Larry Hazzard and a group of roughly a dozen former New York jets and Giants football players.
The video of the event from lehighvalleylive.com reveals an impressive bronze work by sculptor Brian Hanlon.
But the video also reveals something bittersweet about boxing and the passing of time.
Holmes and his wife attended the event, and there were a few workers and observers around the scene, but the crowds and the atmosphere that used to follow the heavyweight champion around appeared long gone.
Sunday, December 13th sees the dedication ceremony at Scott Park where the statue is officially presented to the public.
If your anywhere near Pennsylvania this coming Sunday afternoon, attend the ceremony, take pictures, make videos and reflect back on the career and achievements of Larry Holmes, former Heavyweight boxing champion of the world.
Check out this excellent written piece for another perspective on the statue by Frank Lotierzo at The Sweet Science.
Video by Sue Beyer of LehighValleylive.com.