Re: Gerry Cooney - the hardest puncher ever?
Cooney should have rematched big Sam McGill and Eddie Lopez in ten rounders as soon as possible after they extended Gerry the eight round distance. They met the criteria for being safe, as Cooney had already defeated them, and the experience of winning over the ten round distance would have given him badly needed confidence that he could go longer with Holmes. He also should have gone after Leroy Jones and his never defended NABF Title in 1979. Jones wasn't likely to hurt him, and may have extended him the 12 round limit, which could have been huge when dealing with Larry.