Originally Posted by mr. magoo
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.
Weaver for the WBA belt would have been a much better choice then he could have fought Holmes in 1983. I don't think Rappaport and Jones wanted to risk their golden goose against anyone before they could get that Holmes payday.