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Ask Gerry Cooney- Jan. 25, 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 Chet Bennett, who asks:
Gerry, I fought professionally in the late-’60s and early-’70s. Back then, we weighed in the day of the fight - sometimes at noon, sometimes just a couple of hours before the fight. Today, fighters weigh in the day before the fight and dehydrate down to make the weight. By fight time, most of them are hydrated back to one or two weight divisions above the division they are representing. Other than the heavyweights, I can’t think of one champion who could actually fight in the weight class he represents if he were required to weigh in the day of the fight. Do you feel this is a fair representation of the respective weight divisions? Shouldn’t a fighter actually be able to fight at the weight class he represents?
Our next question comes from Rich P., who asks:
Gerry, when a fighter is in trouble and the ref is not allowed to give him a standing eight-count, why is it that some fighters will end up getting knocked out in that situation rather than take a knee, guaranteeing an eight-count?
Gerry answered the following questions on last week’s show:
Our first question came from Miguel R., who asked:
Gerry, I listened to your comments last week about how cheaters should be pursued and I agree. My question is, why is a man like Victor Conte, who is notorious for providing undetectable steroids to athletes including Shane Mosley, by the way, allowed to be involved with professional boxers now? If we’re trying to weed out cheaters, isn’t that contradictory?
Gerry thinks it is extremely contradictory and he does not think that Conte, who was convicted of supplying steroids to athletes, should be allowed to participate in the sport under any circumstances.
Our next question came from Bernard Campbell, who asked:
Gerry, what place do you think ethnicity has in institutions such as music, teaching, politics and sports, especially boxing? Is there an ethical question in selling fights as tribal wars? Let’s face it; that’s frequently how fights are made and promoted. Is it degrading when a fighter plays up that angle and does it make the sport better or worse?
Gerry feels some promoters use that ploy to sell tickets, just as it was used to hype his fight with Larry Holmes. But he told us he and Holmes never participated in it and he does not think it is good for the sport.
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