Retired boxer Larry Holmes wins round in Pa. parking dispute

Former heavyweight boxing champion Larry Holmes poses for a photograph in Easton, Pa., Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2007. Holmes was named to the 2008 induction class of the International Boxing Hall of Fame on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Steve Klaver)

May 21, 2013 5:50:42 AM PDT
Former heavyweight boxing champion Larry Holmes has won a legal round in a towing dispute at his eastern Pennsylvania restaurant.

Holmes sued in January, saying a neighbor was wrongfully towing cars from a shared parking lot by his restaurant in Easton, Champ's Corner. The Express-Times reports a Northampton County judge ruled the neighbor, Riverstar Properties, must stop towing vehicles until the lawsuit's outcome is resolved.

Judge Leonard Zito says the city would be harmed if a restaurant owned by one of its most prominent citizens was damaged by "indiscriminate towing." A message left for Riverstar Properties was not immediately returned Tuesday.

Holmes says the towing is hurting his business. He says he and his neighbor have a shared parking agreement.

Holmes grew up in Easton and was heavyweight champion from 1978 to 1985.