In a nearly two-hour ceremony on December 13, 2015, speaker after speaker paid tribute to the fighter whose nickname, "The Easton Assassin," assuring his legend would be cemented with his city forever.
They stood on the hillside of the office buildings Larry Holmes constructed along the street that bears his name.
And when Holmes finally got to speak on a day that the covers were removed from a statue memorializing the ex-heavyweight champion, Holmes paid tribute to the estimated 2,000 people who showed up to celebrate with him.
People came from across the Lehigh Valley and northeastern Pennsylvania to pay homage to the man who ruled the heavyweight division from 1978 to 1985 and who owns a record of 69-6, with 44 knockouts. One fan came from Sweden.
Cooney, Shavers and promoters Don King and Murad Muhammad were among the dignitaries on the amphitheater stage with Holmes, who sat beside his wife Diane.
Diane Holmes' Heart of a Legend organization raised the money required to complete the 8.5-foot statue, which forever casts Holmes firing his piston of a left jab. The statue stands on a four-ton granite block that tells Holmes' life story.
The statue is located in Scott Park.