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Ask Gerry Cooney – September 6, 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 this case, Friday morning!).
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 Jimmy G., who asks:
Gerry, I’m a big fan of Chris Algieri, who happens to come from Huntington, NY, our hometown. My question is, after coming off a huge win over Mike Arnaoutis, why would Algieri’s promoter put him up against Wilfredo Acuna, a fighter with a dismal record. Shouldn’t they keep moving him forward in competition? It seems to me like a major backward step, which makes me wonder what they know that we don’t know about Algieri’s ability to fight against stronger competition.  What do you think about that?
Our next question comes from Ricky T., who asks:
Gerry, this weekend, Chris Arreola will be squaring off against Seth Mitchell. I, for one, think Arreola is very overrated and that he does not have what it takes to defeat true quality competition. Am I wrong?
And Gerry answered the following questions on last week’s show:
Our first question came from Lou M., who asked:
Gerry, I am having a heated discussion with some friends regarding the upcoming Saul Alvarez-Floyd Mayweather fight on September 14th. I truly believe that Alvarez has the power to take Mayweather out and they feel that Mayweather is too good a defensive fighter to get caught. Do you think Alvarez has a chance of getting to Mayweather with a big shot or is he too slow like my friends said?
Gerry thinks that although Mayweather is a masterful boxer, Alvarez has youth and strength on his side and thinks he stands a chance at beating Mayweather but also points out it will not be an easy task.
Our next question came from Henry G., who asked:
Gerry, last week on ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights” show, Mike Tyson made a very public apology to Teddy Atlas. During an interview with Brian Kenny and in a post-fight interview, Tyson explained that he was righting a wrong that he was responsible for. He then broke down and said he’s been lying to everyone about his sobriety and that he was in fact clean and sober for only six days, something he called a miracle. I’ve heard you speak about your own sobriety and I wonder, can you shed some light on the battles that Tyson will face as he struggles to make it?
Gerry was very candid about his own experience in getting sober, which he’s been for about 25 years now, and he explained that Tyson will need a lot of strength and support from those who care about him (Special Note to Mike: All of us on the show are keeping you in our prayers, Champ!).
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