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Gerry Cooney Fight Worn Trunks – COA 100% Authentic Team
Equipped with his big left-hook and imposing size, Gerry Cooney set out on his professional career. In 1982 came and Cooney’s life changed. Larry Holmes agreed to fight him, with a purse of ten million dollars for the challenger, making it the richest fight in boxing history up to that time. The promotion of the fight took on racial overtones that were tastelessly exaggerated by the promoters in both camps, something Cooney did not agree with, as he believed that skill, not race, should determine whether any boxer was good. Nevertheless, if Cooney won, he would be the first white world heavyweight champion in 23 years (since Swede Ingemar Johansson defeated Floyd Patterson by a third round TKO), which prompted Don King to call him “The Great White Hope.” In this circus atmosphere, the upcoming fight drew huge attention worldwide. Larry Holmes vs. Gerry Cooney was one of the biggest closed-circuit/pay-per-view productions in history, broadcast to over 150 countries. Overall, Cooney compiled a professional record of 28 wins and 3 losses, with 24 knockouts.
Presented for auction is a pair of Cooney’s worn trunks. They are green satin style with white sides and golden accents. The white patch on the right features his name “Cooney” embroidered in green. The front left leg has his trademark clover patch “Gerry, Dad, Mom”.
Provenance information indicates they were worn during his weigh-in against Larry Holmes. The “VOLA” sponsorship patch on the front indicates that early 1980’s connection. As Cooney was seen wearing this type of warm-up outfits during that era. Overall, the shorts show tremendous wear throughout with sweat staining and logo wear.
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