ON this day in 1980, towering Irish American heavyweight sensation Gerry Cooney scored another crushing knockout on his way towards apparent glory. The 24-year-old “Great White Hope” with the lethal left hook met experienced campaigner and former world title challenger Ron Lyle at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. The result was a first-round win for “Gentleman” Gerry.
1. COONEY held a 23-0 record when entering the ring with former prison inmate, Lyle, who was 39-6-1. With a combined 47 KO’s between them, both heavyweights were considered big punchers.
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