People: May 31, 1982

Always ready to tie one of his "specials" to a major event, Bob Hope, 78, took a ringside see of the comparative punches of Heavyweight Champ Larry Holmes, 32, and Challenger Gerry Cooney, 25. Holmes and Cooney do not face off until June 11, but for his NBC show this week, Hope laced up a pair of oversize Everlasts and traded light punches and patter with the fighters. He remembered to keep his guard up from youthful days when he boxed under the name Packy East. Says he: "You don't think I was born with this nose?"

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