Larry Holmes (66-6) wearily went back to his corner after a 10-round fight against young Maurice Harris (9-9-2) and said, "It was a tough day at the office."
It certainly was a tough day for the 47-year-old Holmes, but he still managed to get a split decision over Harris in The Theater at Madison Square Garden that could keep alive his dream of fighting 48-year-old George Foreman.
Judge Harold Lederman scored it 96-94 and George Colon had it 96-95, both for Holmes. Judge Joe Dwyer favored Harris, 96-94. The Associated Press scored it 96-94 for Harris.
Before the fight, Foreman's younger brother, Roy, said he had been contacted by Michael Wong, who he described as a Hong Kong businessman who said he had $19 million to put on a Foreman-Holmes fight in Pakistan in December or January.