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Ask Gerry Cooney – April 13, 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 (or in today’s case, Friday!).

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 Gerry co-hosts with Randy “The Commish” Gordon, 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 Bernard Campbell, who asks:
Gerry, a referee has major influence on the outcome to a boxing match, the rhythmic cadences of walking back and forth, the unequaled emphasis of separation on fighters on the break, the lack of warnings for indiscretions. It seems to me that judges are rightly criticized and under-scrutinized for their work but who governs the referees? Who sanctions them? They have major influence in a win, ratings and there is that possibility of profiting from a match! For instance, was Arthur Mercante Jr. ever reprimanded for that Miguel Cotto-Yuri Foreman fiasco at Yankee Stadium? I don’t see him much anymore!
Our next question comes from Jason Tremble, who asks:
Gerry, when the Klitschko brothers are done with their reign, who do you feel has a shot at staying at the top, to take their place? Or perhaps, do you think that person hasn’t arrived on the scene yet?
Gerry answered the following questions on last week’s show.
Our first question came from Johnny H, who asked:
Gerry, I’m a big fight fan, who fought a couple of neighborhood kid fights but never boxed. Watching Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado trading hard shots off each other’s heads, I wondered how someone can take continual shots like that. Is that conditioning or is it something you either have or don’t have?
Gerry feels some fighters have better chins than others and that it actually is a combination of things like training, conditioning and actually having a hard chin.
Our next question came from Bob D, who asked:
Gerry, Robert Guerrero was recently arrested for trying to bring a licensed gun onto a plane. My question is: Guerrero is about to fight the biggest fight of his career when he faces Floyd Mayweather Jr. Even if the gun charge gets resolved easily, do you think that will shake his concentration?
Gerry did not feel the arrest would break Guerrerro’s concentration but Randy disagreed and pointed out that when Guerrero came to our studios for an interview, he suddenly disappeared before even going on the air. Gerry attributed that to the grueling schedule of a press tour.
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