You have a small period of time when you can perfect your career and become good at it. A lot of guys get distracted, which only hurts them. You must stay focused and work very hard at boxing.

— Gerry Cooney

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Growing up training, I use to get up so early I would wave to the garbage men going by. So, I had this relationship with Blue Collar America and I really liked it. I felt that lots of those people looked forward to me winning.

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I was a small kid from Huntington, Long Island.

I never imagined that anything like that would happen to me.

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You take that walk from the dressing room to the ring and that's when the real man comes out. Then you climb up those four stairs and into the ring. Then finally, you can't wait for the bell to ring.

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All of the sports have a safety net, but boxing is the only sport that has none.

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I lost three times in my career. Losing to Holmes I could deal with, because I lost to a true champion.

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All of the sports have a safety net, but boxing is the only sport that has none.

So when the fighter is through, he is through. While he was fighting his management was very excited for him, but now that he is done, that management team is moving on.

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I am seeing all the guys, like Earnie Shavers, Tex Cobb, and Larry Holmes all the time.

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The bad press came because they thought I should fight more.

I couldn't get the fights because if I would sign to fight one of King's guys I would be signed to him. I chose not to do that. In hindsight, that might have been a mistake.

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Roberto Duran was the kind of guy who was a true fighter and you hardly see guys like that anymore.

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By the time you're 30 years old, you can be on a nowhere street, if you're not careful.

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Had I had another year, I think I would've beaten [ Harry Carpenter] - and Larry Holmes even said that himself; that if I'd had another year to get ready I'd have beaten him. Me and he are good friends today though, and that fight was a great moment for me. I lost, but then I had to move on and get on with my life.

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If you look at my career, towards the end you will see I was fighting like once a year. I was not part of the Don King top heavyweights, so I was kind of kept out. His guys were getting three to four fights a year and I could only get one.

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About Gerry Cooney

Quotes 30 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Athlete
Birthday October 16

A lot of the athletes moved away from boxing, into UFC - which I think is really crazy, where they elbow to the head and knee to the jaw. I think that's really a barbaric sport - but boxing is coming back.

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I like the Klitschko boys, I think they're in a class of their own.

I like Manny Pacquiao. All the super-middleweights are great.

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Boxing was not the sport that I thought is was due to all the politics.

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The only regret I have in my career, is my managers wanted a big payday, and I wanted four or five more fights before going in with [Larry] Holmes. That would have made all the difference.

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With the Klitschkos, though, unless someone comes around, they can stay where they are forever! The heavyweight division is lackluster, and it will be until someone comes along who can test them.

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I got messed up between my fight with Ken Norton and my fight with Larry Holmes;

I got messed up with alcohol. I needed at least a year more experience, with three or four more fights before I fought Holmes. But I couldn't get any fights. Don King had all the contenders, and unless I signed myself over to him, I couldn't get a fight.

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When that bell rang, I wanted to go out there and do my thing.

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I am a fight fan. I think boxing had its problems and kind of fell away for a while, but it's coming back strong .

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Muhammad Ali was the kind of guy you either loved or hated, but you wanted to see him. I happen to really love him. He brought boxing to another level and always made you laugh.

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Like I say, boxing was on the floor, but it got back up.

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Today I have a great life. I have three kids and a beautiful wife. I play golf every day. I give to charities. I'm in a lucky position.

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[Michael Spinks] didn't belong in the same ring as me, but I wasn't taking good care of myself because of drink and he beat me.

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I was a left hooker, and I loved hooking. I also really liked to jab and mix it up right away.

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I grew up in a big Irish, Catholic family.

My dad was a pretty rough guy. So one of my brothers left home when he was 15 and found his way to the gym. It gave me the opportunity to go and spend some time with him and work out in the gym.

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The way to beat the Klitschkos is to get inside, under the jab, and bang to the body. Do that for two or three or four rounds and then the hands will come down and then you turn them over. It's like chopping a tree down. These guys try to headhunt when they fight them and that won't work. But you back them up, the younger brother especially, and he loses heart.

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I am involved in minor league baseball.

I go around the country speaking to troubled youths, trying to help them understand that whatever path they choose, they'll need to really pay attention to it.

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Gil Clancy told me to move around for six or seven rounds, but when you're a puncher and you catch someone, you got after them. And in that fight [with George Foreman in 1999] my timing was off and I got caught.

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