Boxing KO of the Day: George Foreman's Obliteration of Poor Gerry Cooney
Back in 1990, big George Foreman was pining for a title fight against heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield (his wish would be granted the following year).
George's record stood at 64 wins, two losses and an absolutely amazing 60 KOs. George had made it known he felt confident he'd take out Mike Tyson (how many superfights like these slipped through boxing's fingers!).
In the meantime, before he could regain his title, George took on former title challenger Gerry Cooney. While coming off a long layoff, Cooney was a devastating puncher (have a look at what he did to Ken Norton if you don't believe me) and somewhat dangerous opponent. Cooney proved his mettle by rocking George in the first round.
George stepped up the action and you could see by his face how determined he was to end the fight with as much expediency as possible.
Then the second round commenced and George took control. Foreman began to launch the heavy artillery and, before long, Cooney toppled after receiving a series of blows, culminating in a clubbing right hand.
As Cooney got to his feet and tentatively met Foreman in the center of the ring, George launched a scud missile of a left uppercut that ignited the crowd and announcers like few punches ever have.
There's something about the manner in which Foreman unloads on opponents that's as calm as Frank Sinatra's voice.
For whatever reason (and I can't quite put my finger on it), Foreman's KO of Gerry Cooney is one of my all-time favorites to revisit. His revived career was still something of a sideshow at that point. But who would have guessed he'd climb the mountain and make it back to the heavyweight crown by besting Michael Moorer before his career was done?
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