The Outer Limits of Inner Truth presents a Forensic Soul Analysis on a boxing legend.
Gerry Cooney is a retired Irish-American professional heavyweight boxer from Huntington, New York. Despite relative inexperience, his exciting wins and size, aided by expert promotion, propelled Cooney into a lucrative bout with world heavyweight champion Larry Holmes in 1982.
Known for his big left-hook and his imposing size, the tall, lean Cooney had his first paid fight on February 15, 1977, beating Billy Jackson by a knockout in one round. Nine wins followed and Cooney gained attention as a future contender. Although his opponents were carefully chosen. He moved up a weight class and fought future world cruiserweight champion S.T. Gordon in Las Vegas, winning by a fourth round disqualification. Cooney had 11 more wins, spanning 1978 and 1979. Among those he defeated were Charlie Polite, former US heavyweight champion Eddie Lopez, and Tom Prater.
By 1980, Cooney was being featured on national television. Stepping up he beat one time title challengers Jimmy Young and Ron Lyle, both by 'knockout'. Although Young was stopped on cuts. By now he was ranked number 1 by the WBC and eager for a match with champion Larry Holmes.