Originally Posted by Rico Spadafora
I could never figure out if the drug/alcohol problems were before or after the Holmes fight. That having been inactive for 13 months prior to the Holmes fight was idiotic by his management the guy had fought something like 5 rounds in 3 years or something like that. Can't prepare for a big fight with that amount of inactivity.
In one of his interviews several years ago, he said that Don King owned most of the top fighters in the division, and Cooney couldn't get any big marquee opponents. Apparently, he was also negotiating to fight Mike Weaver, but Bob Arum talked ( or bribed ) the WBA into giving James Tillis a shot instead.