Bert blowing out Ritchie Melito is one of my favorite Bert Cooper memories. I was taking the bar exam the following day and had resigned myself to live a spartan existence with no television or drinking the week of the bar exam. Then I heard that Bert Cooper was fighting on Tuesday Night Fights. Since Bert had long been one of my favorite active fighters, I just couldn't resist taking a study break to watch him. (Even though he was getting deep into the downslide of his career). I knew that the undefeated Melito was looking for a career boost by putting a recognizable name (who was clearly past it) on his ledger. As many fighters before him found out: BEWARE OF MR COOPER when he comes ready to fight. Bert absolutely destroyed Melito, and I passed the Bar. It was Bert's last moment of glory. But, one that I will never forget. RIP Smokin' Bert.