History | Oct 24 2014

On This Day: Gerry Cooney convinces Ron Lyle to retire by hammering him inside a round

Following this bombastic win over Ron Lyle, Gerry Cooney was expected to get to the very top, writes James Slater

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.


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