Feature | Premium | Jun 11 2019

Gerry Cooney reveals how being a ‘Great White Hope’ almost ruined him

Gerry Cooney talks you through the highs and lows of his colourful life on the anniversary of his fight with Larry Holmes
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EVEN at 60 years old, Gerry Cooney looks like he could still lace the gloves up and go a few rounds. So he does – training a variety of people when he’s not sparring verbally with Randy Gordon on their Sirius XM radio show. And while the former heavyweight contender isn’t preparing for a comeback, the fighter inside him is still alive. He recalls the day four muscle-bound brothers entered the gym looking to go a few rounds with the man who fought Larry Holmes for the world heavyweight championship in 1982.

“They were young, they were [American] football players, and I said, ‘Listen, to warn you, don’t back me in a corner because if you do, instinct takes over and I have to fight out.’”

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