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Gerry Cooney

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The Resume

    (August 4, 1956- )
    Professional record was 28-3-0
    Fought Larry Holmes for the heavyweight title (June 11, 1982)

Why he might be annoying:

    Don King relentlessly hyped him as the ‘Great White Hope.'
    He did not fight anyone during the twelve months before his title bout with Holmes.
    The fight with Holmes was so racially charged that police snipers were posted outside the ring to keep order.
    After losing to Holmes, he fought only five more times in his career.
    When he boxed George Foreman, the fight was dubbed ‘The Geezers at Caesars' (1990).
    He snorted cocaine.

Why he might not be annoying:

    He said of the ‘Great White Hope' promotion, ‘I tried to stop that nonsense, but it had already caught on.'
    After the title fight with Holmes, he apologized to his fans for letting them down.
    Holmes said that he punched harder than Mike Tyson.
    He founded FIST (Fighter's Initiative for Support and Training) to help retired boxers find employment.
    He and Holmes became friends, with Holmes appearing at fund raisers for FIST.

Credit: C. Fishel

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Year In Review:

    For 2021, as of last week, Out of 4 Votes: 100% Annoying
    In 2021, Out of 16 Votes: 87.50% Annoying
    In 2020, Out of 19 Votes: 26.32% Annoying
    In 2018, Out of 2 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 3 Votes: 66.67% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 2 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 6 Votes: 100% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 5 Votes: 40.0% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 5 Votes: 40.0% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 13 Votes: 69.23% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 9 Votes: 55.56% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 112 Votes: 67.86% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 35 Votes: 60.0% Annoying
    In 2008, Out of 27 Votes: 55.56% Annoying
    In 2007, Out of 69 Votes: 55.07% Annoying
    In 2006, Out of 37 Votes: 56.76% Annoying