Donovan ruddock v Gerry cooney ?

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  1. daverobin

    daverobin Well-Known Member Full Member

    Oct 30, 2015
  2. Balder

    Balder Well-Known Member Full Member

    Nov 10, 2012
    Wow , what a glorious match.

    Cooney is a better boxer than given credit for, and has a devastating left hook. His hook to the body was excellent. I think he nails Ruddock and even puts him down. Cooney will tear into him , and hurt him,

    The problem is Cooney is at some point going to get nailed, and he is a notoriously clueless when he gets hurt. Ruddock is going to hurt him and Cooney looks like a deer in headlights when it happens.

    If this is Prime Cooney, I think he survives a few knockdowns, and gets up to finish the fight landing huge leather of his own. HE wins a split and controversial decision.

    Very close fight that I give to Cooney on the slimmest of margins. One punch could end it for either man.
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  3. Vince Voltage

    Vince Voltage Boxing Addict Full Member

    Jan 1, 2011
    You can make a strong case either way, but I favor Ruddock, as he showed great durability against Tyson.
  4. mr. magoo

    mr. magoo Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Jan 3, 2007
    Ironically these two men had quite a bit in common. Both had excellent power and particularly in their lefts which were more like hooker-cuts than left hooks. Both also built their resumes by beating aging foes and are more known for their losing efforts to great men. While I’d give both a chance, Ruddock’s durability and mental fortitude was a level above Cooney’s and for that I’d make him the favorite. Great fight though
  5. Reinhardt

    Reinhardt Boxing Addict Full Member

    Oct 4, 2016
    Cooney is by far the better boxer and will nail Razor first, problem is Ruddock showed an incredible chin getting up from that nuclear left hook Morrison detonated on his chin plus the Tyson bombs while Gerry was dropped by a Holmes right. If Gerry can't keep Razor down he'll come back and TKO Cooney in a true spectacular brawl. Can't see it going 5.
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  6. Stiches Yarn

    Stiches Yarn Member Full Member

    Jan 2, 2021
    One thing for sure, it would be a bloodbath!
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  7. NoNeck

    NoNeck Pugilist Specialist Full Member

    Apr 3, 2012
    I lean with Ruddock. He should be able to nail Cooney and Cooney definitely wouldn't like it. Ruddock might actually be able to withstand a good amount of punishment.
  8. Rico Spadafora

    Rico Spadafora Best Chin On ESB Full Member

    Feb 20, 2008
    Cooney would find a way to blow it.
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  9. fists of fury

    fists of fury Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Oct 25, 2006
    I also think Ruddock has this, for reasons already mentioned.
  10. LoadedGlove

    LoadedGlove Well-Known Member Full Member

    Dec 6, 2019
    Cooney wasn't great under pressure. At his best, Ruddock stayed calm under fire, sometimes pretty intense fire too.
    Pre Holmes, ultra confident Cooney is a dangerous man but Ruddock's cool head, good chin and big wallop sees him win a breath taking war in 5.
  11. Gazelle Punch

    Gazelle Punch Boxing Addict Full Member

    Aug 15, 2018
    As equal of a fight if I ever saw one. Coin toss
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