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Gerry Cooney Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

GERRY COONEY
Born: August 24, 1956 in New York City, New York
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In 1980, Gerry Cooney (b. 1956)was ranked number 1 in the WBC and 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, 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 promoter 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 George Foreman. It's appropriate that Cooney has signed a left glove, since his left hook was, according to Holmes, Foreman and others, among the most powerful they ever faced. After retiring from the ring, Cooney founded FIST, Fighters' Initiative for Support and Training, to help ex-boxers find jobs.
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