GERRY COONEY - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 258448
Sale Price $144.00
Publicity photo of Cooney as he poses in a boxing position
Photograph Signed: "Gerry Cooney". Color, 8x10. In 1980, Cooney was ranked number 1 in the WBC and challenged Larry Holmes into a fight. In 1981, he beat former world Heavyweight champion Ken Norton by a knockout in the first in front of a Madison Square Garden crowd and HBO cameras. In 1982, Cooney's life changed. Holmes agreed to fight him, with a purse of one million dollars for the challenger. Cooney, who was attempting to become the first white World Heavyweight champion in 23 years was nicknamed "The Great White Hope" by Don King. In what would be one of the biggest HBO Boxing productions in history, the fight was broadcast to over 150 countries around the world. Cooney lost his bid to become World Heavyweight champion by a knockout in 13 rounds. In 1987, he made a one-fight comeback to meet former World Heavyweight champion Michael Spinks, losing by a knockout in five rounds; and in 1990, in Cooney's last fight, he lost in two rounds to former world champion Foreman. Fine condition.
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