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Gerry Cooney Birthday Highlights

Birth Name
Gerry Cooney
Place Of Birth
Manhattan, USA
67 years old
Birth Date
August 4 1956

Gerry Cooney Facts

Child Star?
Education & Qualifications
Net Worth
Arthur Cooney, Eileen Cooney
Tommy Cooney

About Gerry Cooney

Gerry Cooney is a famous American former boxer who was born on August 4, 1956, in Manhattan, New York, United States.

Gerry Cooney was born Gerald Arthur Cooney. He competed from 1977-1990 and won international tournaments in England, Wales, and Scotland as an amateur.

Gerry Cooney was a challenger for world heavyweight titles in 1982 and 1987. He is also well recognized as the co-host of the Friday Night on SIRIUS XM Radio at the Fights. His brother Tommy Cooney is also a professional boxer.

Keep reading to know more about the former ace boxer Gerry Cooney including his net worth, and professional and personal life.

Gerry Cooney Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Gerry Cooney’s net worth?

The total net worth of Gerry Cooney is estimated to be about $3 million. His earnings are mainly from his primary profession as a professional boxer.

How much does Gerry Cooney earn per year?

The annual earnings of boxer Gerry Cooney are not yet known and are still under review.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Gerry Cooney?

Gerry Cooney stands at a height of about 6 ft 6 in (198 cm).

How old is Gerry Cooney?

Gerry Cooney was born on August 4, 1956, and is 66 years old as of 2022.

Childhood And Education

Gerry Cooney was born and raised in Manhattan, New York in the United States. He was born to his father Arthur Cooney and his mother Eileen Cooney. His father motivated him very much to become a boxer. Gerry has a brother named Tommy Cooney, who is also into boxing. Tommy Cooney advanced to the finals of the New York Golden Gloves Sub-Novice Heavyweight class. Gerry's grandparents resided in Placentia, Newfoundland, Canada.

There are no details available about the educational background of Gerry Cooney.

Family, Romance And Relationships

Who is Gerry Cooney’s partner?

In 1994, Gerry Cooney got married to Jennifer Cooney. The lovely couple was also blessed with three children- two sons and a daughter. The names of their sons are Jackson Cooney and Chris Cooney while their daughter's name is Sarah Cooney.

Gerry and Jennifer live in Fanwood along with Jackson and Sarah, while Chris lives in New York. They keep their personal life fairly private and away from social media.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

Gerry Cooney is best known for being a competitor from 1977-1990. He is also known as a challenger for World Heavyweight titles in 1982 and 1987. He is also well recognized as the co-host of the Friday Night on SIRIUS XM Radio at the Fights.

Charity Work

Gerry Cooney has always been involved in numerous acts of charity. He rarely misses any chance to donate and be of service to the needy. He used to attend about 50-60 charity events a year. Cooney utilizes his popularity to mentor troubled adolescents, visit jails, and speak with people in rehabilitation centers. Cooney also supports the Hands Are Not For Hitting campaign, which aims to reduce domestic abuse.

What awards has Gerry Cooney won?

Cooney has been inducted into the Walt Whitman High School (New York) Hall of Fame, from where he completed his graduation. Gerry won the New York Golden Gloves Championships twice. He was also the winner of the 1973 160-lb Sub-Novice Championship as well as the 1976 Heavyweight Open Championship.

In addition to the New York Golden Gloves crowns, he also won international competitions in England, Wales, and Scotland while fighting as an amateur.

Other Interesting Gerry Cooney Facts And Trivia

  • Gerry Cooney’s zodiac sign is Leo.
  • He is of Irish descent.
  • He grew up in a Catholic family.
  • Gerry completed his training at Huntington Athletic Club on Long Island, New York, under his trainer John Capobianco.
  • He also trained under Victor Valle.
  • On February 15, 1977, Cooney won his first paid fight, knocking out Billy Jackson in one round.
  • He made it to the finals of the 175-pound Open Division in 1975, but lost to Johnny Davis.
  • Cooney appeared on national television by 1980. He knocked out former championship rivals Jimmy Young and Ron Lyle. The fight with Young was called off due to cuts he had received. Cooney peaked at number one by the WBC at the time, and he was looking forward to facing champion Larry Holmes.
  • He was named 'The Great White Hope' by Don King.
  • In September 1984, Gerry Cooney won a fight in Anchorage, Alaska where he knocked out Phillip Brown in the fourth round. Cooney fought one more time that year and also won but quit boxing after that due to personal issues.
  • In 1990, Cooney fought for the last time.
  • Cooney had a professional record of 28 wins, three defeats, and 24 knockouts throughout his career.
  • Cooney is ranked number 53 in on the Ring's list of the '100 Greatest Punchers of All Time'.
  • Gerry is naturally left-handed, adopting Oscar De La Hoya's orthodox posture.
  • His left-hook is said to be one of the most powerful punches ever thrown in boxing.
  • Gerry was notorious for not throwing punches at his opponent's head, instead aiming for the chest, ribs, or stomach.
  • Gerry Cooney, along with Ron Lyle and Cleveland Williams, was one of George Foreman's three toughest punchers in his career.
  • Cooney became a boxing promoter, promoting championship fights between Hector Camacho,  Roberto Durán, and George Foreman.
  • After a long time away from the ring, Gerry Cooney returned to the ring in September 1984. This was a bout against Phillip Brown that he won by beating Phillip with a fourth-round knockout. The bout was organized in Anchorage, Alaska. While he did participate in another fight in 1984, some personal issues forced Gerry Cooney to stay away from the ring for some time.
  • Gerry Cooney challenged the world light heavyweight champion Michael Spinks who was also the former world heavyweight champion. Sadly, Gerry Cooney lost the match and the chance to with the championship.

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