Everlast boxing glove hand signed by the great Gerry Cooney with a JSA certificate.
Gerald Arthur Cooney (born 4 August 1956) is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1977 to 1990. Cooney challenged twice for world heavyweight titles in 1982 and 1987.
His professional career gained momentum after beating one-time title challengers Jimmy Young and Ron Lyle, both by 'knockouts’. The Young fight was stopped because of cuts sustained by Young. By then Cooney was ranked number 1 by the World Boxing Council (WBC) and eager for a match with champion Larry Holmes.
In 1981, he defeated former world heavyweight champion Ken Norton by a knockout just 54 seconds into the first round with a blisteringly powerful attack. This broke the record set in 1948 by Lee Savold for the quickest knockout. Cooney did not fight for 13 months after defeating Norton, waiting for the Holmes fight.
The following year, Holmes agreed to fight him. With a purse of ten million dollars for the challenger, it was the richest fight in boxing history to that time. The promotion of the fight took on racial overtones that were exaggerated by the promoters, something Cooney did not agree with. He believed that skill, not race, should determine if a boxer was good. However, if Cooney won, he would have become the first Caucasian world heavyweight champion since Swede Ingemar Johansson defeated Floyd Patterson 23 years earlier. Don King called Cooney ‘The Great White Hope’. The bout drew attention worldwide, and it was one of the biggest television productions in history, broadcast to over 150 countries.
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- Boxing glove
- Gerry Cooney firmado a mano
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- Hand signed, JSA, with COA