Larry grew up in Hartville, South Carolina and began boxing at an early age. He became interested in boxing after watching George Foreman knock Joe Frazier down 5 times. He joined the Hartsville Boxing Club coached by Don Atkinson. He won the Carolina Golden Gloves at 16 years old. After high school he joined the Marine Corps to box for Roosevelt Sanders. While boxing for the marines, Larry won the All Marine Championship in 1977 and 1978 and was ranked number 8 in the nation. After six years on the marine boxing team, Larry turned up pro compiling a respectable 9-3 record. Larry is now coaching boxing with the “one more round” boxing club in Darlington SC.