GERRY COONEY - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 306149
Sale Price $144.00
The boxer is shown with his hands raised in victory in this black and white photograph.
Photograph signed: "Gerry Cooney" in silver felt tip, Color, 8x10. In 1980, Gerry Cooney (born in 1956), who was ranked No. 1 in the WBC, challenged Larry Holmes. 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. In 1990, in Cooney's last fight, he lost in two rounds to former world champion George Foreman. Cooney retired with a record of 28 wins (25 by KOs) and three losses. Fine condition.
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