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.
2. COONEY was getting used to facing veterans, his fight with Lyle sandwiched in-between fights with 31-year-old Jimmy Young and 38-year-old Ken Norton. As with Lyle, Cooney stopped both big names.