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SpouseJennifer Cooney
FactChallenged Larry Holmes for the WBC Heavyweight Title on June 11, 1982 and lost by a thirteenth-round TKO

Gerry Cooney is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1977 to 1990, and challenged twice for world heavyweight titles. He was known for his knockout power and formidable left hook.

Cooney was born in Brooklyn, New York, on July 4, 1956, the youngest of seven children. His father was an Irish immigrant who worked as a longshoreman, and his mother was a homemaker. Cooney began boxing at the age of eight, following in the footsteps of his older brother, Larry. He attended Xaverian High School, where he compiled an amateur record of 30-1.

Cooney turned professional in 1977, and quickly rose through the ranks of the heavyweight division. He won his first 25 fights by knockout, including a first-round stoppage of former world champion Ken Norton. In June 1982, Cooney challenged world heavyweight champion Larry Holmes for the title. He was stopped in the 13th round.

In June 1983, Cooney fought world heavyweight champion Michael Spinks for the title. He was again stopped in the 13th round. After the fight, Cooney announced his retirement from boxing.

Cooney came out of retirement in 1987, and won four of his five fights before retiring for good in 1990. His final record was 28-3 with 24 wins by knockout.

Cooney’s career earnings are estimated to be in excess of $20 million. He has been married twice and has four children.

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Full NameGerry Cooney
Height1.98 m
Weight105 kg


SpouseJennifer Cooney
SiblingsTommy Cooney

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1If you look at my career, towards the end you will see I was fighting like once a year. I was not part of the Don King top heavyweights, so I was kind of kept out. His guys were getting three to four fights a year and I could only get one.
2The bad press came because they thought I should fight more. I couldn't get the fights because if I would sign to fight one of King's guys I would be signed to him. I chose not to do that. In hindsight, that might have been a mistake.
3Roberto Duran was the kind of guy who was a true fighter and you hardly see guys like that anymore.
4When that bell rang, I wanted to go out there and do my thing.
5Growing up training, I use to get up so early I would wave to the garbage men going by. So, I had this relationship with Blue Collar America and I really liked it. I felt that lots of those people looked forward to me winning.
6I am involved in minor league baseball. I go around the country speaking to troubled youths, trying to help them understand that whatever path they choose, they'll need to really pay attention to it.
7I grew up in a big Irish, Catholic family. My dad was a pretty rough guy. So one of my brothers left home when he was 15 and found his way to the gym. It gave me the opportunity to go and spend some time with him and work out in the gym.
8By the time you're 30 years old, you can be on a nowhere street, if you're not careful.
9I am seeing all the guys, like Earnie Shavers, Tex Cobb, and Larry Holmes all the time.
10I lost three times in my career. Losing to Holmes I could deal with, because I lost to a true champion.
11I was a left hooker, and I loved hooking. I also really liked to jab and mix it up right away.
12I was a small kid from Huntington, Long Island. I never imagined that anything like that would happen to me.
13All of the sports have a safety net, but boxing is the only sport that has none. So when the fighter is through, he is through. While he was fighting his management was very excited for him, but now that he is done, that management team is moving on.
14You take that walk from the dressing room to the ring and that's when the real man comes out. Then you climb up those four stairs and into the ring. Then finally, you can't wait for the bell to ring.
15You have a small period of time when you can perfect your career and become good at it. A lot of guys get distracted, which only hurts them. You must stay focused and work very hard at boxing.
16Muhammad Ali was the kind of guy you either loved or hated, but you wanted to see him. I happen to really love him. He brought boxing to another level and always made you laugh.
17Boxing was not the sport that I thought is was due to all the politics.


1Lives in Fanwood, New Jersey [July 2007]
2One of the hardest punchers in boxing history.
3Pro Record: 28-3 (24 KO)
4Challenged Larry Holmes for the WBC Heavyweight Title on June 11, 1982 and lost by a thirteenth-round TKO
5Former #1 heavyweight contender
6Former pro boxer.



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