Ask Gerry Cooney – December 24, 2015

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 week.


Each week, Gerry will answer as many of your questions as he can on the Sirius XM radio show “Friday Night at The Fights,” which Gerry co-hosts with Randy “The Commish” Gordon, former Chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission.


The show airs every Friday on Sirius / XM Rush Zone Channel 93 from 6-8 p.m., Eastern Standard Time.


Please submit your questions to:


Our first question comes from Jimmy R. who asks:


Gerry, in his last fight, Roy Jones Jr. was brutally knocked out by Enzo Maccarinelli in the fourth round. In fact, for a few very tense moments, it seemed as if Roy had been badly hurt and thank God that wasn’t true. Given his commentating duties, I can’t imagine that he’s hurting for money, so it has to be that he just doesn’t know how to give it up. Isn’t there a way to make him stop before he gets very severely injured, if not worse?

Our next question comes from Randy S. who asks:


Gerry, last Saturday, Luis “King Kong” Ortiz certainly sent Bryant “By By” Jennings bye bye, via nighty night in the 7th round! Seriously though, it was obvious from the opening bell that Ortiz was just going to be too much for Jennings to handle. So, how do you think Ortiz would fare against Tyson Fury?


And Gerry answered the following questions on last week’s show.


Our first question came from Nicky G. who asked:


Gerry, I read recently that Ishe Smith will be facing Tommy Rainone, who, like you, is from Long Island. I see this as a huge opportunity for Rainone if he wins. Am I correct?

Gerry agreed that beating Smith would be a big boost for Rainone, but he felt that Smith was too big and strong for Rainone.

Our next question came from Keith R. who asked:


Gerry, do you consider the last ten years to have been a down era in the heavyweight division or is it only perceived that way due to xenophobia on the part of American fans?


Gerry stated that yes, American fans might have been disinterested in the division as most of the fighters were European and the Klitscho’s held the title for so long. He also pointed out that the division is now springing to life with the American fans now that many American heavyweights like Deontay Wilder are taking over the top ten!


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