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Ask Gerry Cooney- Feb. 14, 2013

Compiled by Allan Scotto

Hey, fans! Welcome to “Ask Gerry Cooney,” where you get to ask former heavyweight contender “Gentleman” Gerry Cooney any boxing-related question you’d like. Your questions for Gerry’s review will be featured at every Thursday morning.

Each week, Gerry will answer as many of your questions as he can on the SiriusXM radio show, “Friday Night at The Fights,” a show that Gerry co-hosts with Randy “The Commish” Gordon, the former Chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission.
The show airs every Friday on Sirius channel 92 and XM channel 208 from 6 – 8 p.m., Eastern Standard Time.
Please submit your questions to
Our first question comes from Steve Filarmo, who asks:
Allan, Gerry and Randy, wouldn’t it be in order to get an ophthalmologist to address eye issues and to make a judgment in the ring rather than a regular physician? After witnessing Mike Mollo’s fight recently, one has to wonder.
Our next question comes from Jimmy Rodgers, who asks:
Gerry, what do you think of today’s heavyweights? Personally, I think the heavyweights were much better in your era. Do you agree?
Gerry answered the following questions on last week’s show:
Our first question came from Bernard Campbell, who asked:
Gerry, how much do you think sportswriters have contributed or inhibited a fighter’s success in the past, such as Muhammad Ali, and how true does that ring today with fighters like Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, especially with public opinion so easily placed on various Internet sites?
Both Gerry and Randy feel that in many cases, the right sportswriter can help to make or break a fighter’s career.
Our next question came from Louie T., who asked:
Gerry, a lot of press is reporting that many football players are being concussed and suffering long-term or permanent brain damage but it makes me wonder - I know that some fighters have suffered terrible brain injuries and sometimes their speech is affected but, for the most part, you don’t really hear of fighters committing suicide or falling into deep depressions. Am I missing something?
Gerry feels that boxers more than likely are experiencing the same thing but football is a much broader and widely covered sport. For that reason football gets more coverage.
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