“Gentleman” Gerry Cooney Signed Original Laser Wire Photo
Gerry Cooney was born on August 4, 1956 in Huntington, New York. He was a heavyweight contender in the 1970’s and 1980’s and fought Larry Holmes, George Foreman and Michael Spinks during his career. His final record was 28-3 with 24 KO’s.
On October 24,1980 Gerry Cooney met Ron Lyle in a Heavyweight bout. Cooney would KO Lyle in the first round. “Gerry Cooney was trying to get loosened up when the fight ended and the Long Island Irishman found himself right in the middle of the heavyweight championship picture. The left hook knocked Ron Lyle through the ropes and onto the ring apron, where he was counted out at 2:49 of the 1st round of a scheduled 10 rounder at the Nassau Coliseum. The loss for Lyle probably eliminated the Denver fighter as a serious factor in the heavyweight division.” -Associated Press
Post fight comment-“I was just getting loosened up. I was trying to make the jab work when I saw an opening and I just dug my left hook into his body and kept it there.” -Gerry Cooney.
On May 11, 1981 at Madison Square Garden in New York heavyweights Gerry Cooney and Ken Norton squared off in an important division match. Cooney destroyed Norton stopping him in the very first round.
On June 11, 1982 World Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes defended his title against undefeated challenger Gerry Cooney at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. This was a much anticipated bout between two quality fighters, which was somewhat overlooked due to the racial tone the fight took with a black champion facing a white challenger. Despite that, the fight lived up to its hype and proved to be one of the finest efforts of Larry Holmes’ career. Holmes, in great shape, was sharp from the outset. He was able to withstand Cooney’s heavy punching and inflicted punishment of his own which gradually wore Cooney down. A barrage in the 13th round put Cooney down and the fight was stopped.