New York boxing icon Gerry Cooney has been named Goodwill Ambassador for the annual Battle of the Badges, presented by Hooters, on Friday, November 20, 2015. The annual boxing matchups pit New York’s Finest against New York’s Bravest in the boxing ring at The Theater at Madison Square Garden.
Cooney, a 2014 New York State Boxing Hall of Fame inductee, is no stranger to fighting at the “Mecca of Boxing,” Madison Square Garden. Prior to turning professional in 1977, Cooney won the New York Golden Gloves championships in 1973 and 1976 at The Garden. As a professional, the Huntington, New York native compiled a 28-3 record with 24 knockouts, with 11 of those victories coming at MSG.
“Gentleman” Gerry Cooney will be on hand for the weigh-in at Hooters on Monday, November 16 as well as fight night at The Theater at Madison Square Garden.
“I fought at The Garden over a dozen times. It’s a second home to me,” said Cooney. “I’m thrilled to be a part of another exciting night of boxing and to show support for the guys who put their lives on the line to save and protect us every day.”
Bobby McGuire, Head boxing coach for the FDNY, said, “Gerry Cooney is a boxing legend and we are honored to have him be part of this epic battle with the FDNY.”
The NYPD boxing team added, “Gerry Cooney has been a long-time supporter of the Atlas Cops & Kids Boxing program. It will be great to have him there to see Cops and Fire Fighters battling to support the boxing program that teaches kids discipline to stay on the right path.”
The boxing rivalry that began over thirty years continues when the NYPD and FDNY step into the Garden boxing ring in the annual Battle of the Badges, presented by Hooters on November 20. Proceeds from the annual event will benefit both the Atlas Cops & Kids Boxing Program and the Building Homes for Heroes Organization.
Tickets for the Battle of the Badges are priced at $65.00, $50.00, and $30.00 and can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.thegarden.com. Fans can purchase tickets in designated locations for the FDNY and NYPD.
The Bravest boxing team currently leads the 33-year rivalry by the narrowest of margins at 16-15-1.
For the first-time ever, five exciting bouts of the long revered martial art of “Muay Thai” kickboxing will be the featured undercard attractions. This exciting form of stand up fighting has exploded in popularity, with more New York residents now training in the ancient martial art than ever before.
The FDNY boxing team has, once again, teamed up with Building Homes for Heroes and will donate proceeds from the event to help support the brave men and women of the military who have returned home from the Iraq or Afghanistan wars with severe wounds and disabilities, with the goal to build homes for families in dire need. This year’s recipient will be USMC Gunnery Sgt. Christopher Claude from Long Road, Pennsylvania.
The NYPD will continue to support Atlas Cops and Kids with proceeds from the event. Atlas Cops and Kids runs three community boxing gyms in Berry Houses and Park Hill, Staten Island and Flatbush Gardens, Brooklyn, which offer tutoring, resume building, and career assistance free of charge to youths from 12-21 years old.