Issue | Opinion | Premium | Nov 19 2019

Gerry Cooney analyses and offers advice to Wilder, Fury, Ruiz and Joshua

Former world heavyweight title challenger Gerry Cooney takes a look at the current crop of heavyweights and says the division is in great shape
Gerry Cooney
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TRADITIONALLY, the heavyweights hold up boxing but, at the start of this millennium, the division went downhill. The Klitschkos were dominant for so long.

But heavyweight boxing is great right now. We’ve got Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder, Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz, Dillian Whyte and Joe Joyce. Oleksandr Usyk is another tough guy…a beast. When they get together, it’ll be a wonderful thing.

Presently, I think Fury is probably the best of what we’ve got; so awkward, such confidence. Look, nobody in the division wanted Wilder. Tyson was away for almost three years, put on 150lbs, was drinking and drugging. Then first thing he announces is ‘I want Wilder.’ The guy really is crazy!


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