Each week, Gerry will answer as many of your questions as he can on the Sirius/XM 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 94 and XM channel 208 from 7 – 9 p.m., Eastern Standard Time.
Our first question this week comes from Bobby D., who asks:
Gerry, Victor Ortiz is receiving a lot of criticism for quitting because of a broken jaw. Do you think it’s unreasonable to say he should have continued even though is jaw was fractured?
Our next question comes from Jason M., who asks:
I’ve been listening to the discussions you guys have had about steroids and testing, and I have a question. If a fighter seriously injured or killed another fighter, and then was found to have been using steroids, do you think he should be brought up on criminal charges?
Gerry answered the following questions on the air last Friday.
Our first question came from John Guilfoyle, who asked:
Hi Gerry, in his Hall of Fame induction speech, Michael Katz stated that “because of the politics involved, Gerry Cooney never became Heavyweight Champ.” I can remember Katz criticizing you for getting, what he called, “an undeserved shot” at Michael Spinks, so what did he mean by that?
Gerry explained that he and Mr. Katz had the opportunity to speak when both were at this month’s Hall of Fame weekend extravaganza and that Gerry explained he was virtually locked out of some fights because he wasn’t signed to a big promoter and that his management didn’t want to risk the looming payday with Larry Holmes. Mr. Katz apparently agreed and honored Gerry when Mr. Katz gave his speech during his Hall of Fame induction (pretty classy, if you ask me!).
Our next question comes from Jon V., who asks:
Hi Gerry, Hi Randy, long time listener, and I love the show! This week, on Jim Lampley’s new show, “The Fight Game,” Duane Ford stated, in an attempt to justify his scoring, that Bradley was landing a lot of punches on Manny’s arms and gloves. Anyone who knows anything about boxing knows that is exactly how a punch is blocked! So, if I understanding him correctly, he basically said that he was penalizing Pacquiao for blocking Bradley’s punches and this man is considered one of the best judges in the sport! Do you think anything can be done to keep people like this from ruining our sport?
Both Gerry and Randy see this as a problem that is getting worse and feel that judges should not be assigned to fights in their own backyards.