Exactly 24-years ago today, an unlikely heavyweight comeback was well underway. In fact, on this day, one year shy of a quarter of a century ago, there were two unlikely heavyweight comebacks being observed – and what’s more the two come-backing heavies were about to run right into each other.
Caesars Palace in Atlantic City was the venue, and a forty-something George Foreman faced a thirty-something Gerry Cooney in a fascinating (if much maligned) clash that was dubbed “Two Geezers at Caesars.” That tagline first appeared, I believe, in the late Bert Sugar’s excellent Boxing Illustrated magazine, yet a better tagline might have been “Punchers Collide.” For whatever shortcomings the returning duo that was Foreman and Cooney might have had, hitting incredibly hard was not one of them. The match-up sure caught the interest of the fans – hence the 12, 581 paying fans in attendance and the many more hundreds of thousands who had parted with some pay-per-view dollars to watch the 50-50 affair on TV. Continue reading
Thomas Hearns, Earnie Shavers, Gerry Cooney and Larry Holmes are four of the Legends of Boxing who will be ringside Thursday night (Sept. 26) for the big boxing card at the Sands Bethlehem. They will be part of a gala cocktail party there during tonight’s weigh-in. Continue reading
Former heavyweight contender Gerry Cooney toured Madison Square Garden yesterday, checking out the construction in the world famous arena as it undergoes its third and last phase of a historic top-to-bottom Transformation. Cooney, won two Golden Gloves championships at The Garden, his first when he was only 16 years old (1973) at 160lbs, and his second in 1976 as a heavyweight. As a professional, Cooney stopped Ken Norton at MSG (1981) in the first round. Continue reading
MASHANTUCKET, Conn (May 1, 2013) – The Suffolk County (New York) Correctional Officers (SCCOA) Boxing Team has the support of two-time world champion James “Buddy” McGirt and former world heavyweight title challenger “Gentleman” Gerry Cooney in the fifth annual Battle of the Badges (BOB5), featuring amateur boxing matches against the Massachusetts Correctional Officer Boxing Team (MCO), on Saturday night, May 18, in Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Continue reading