Was Gerry Cooney really 6'6 or was he in the 6'5 range ?

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  1. Yaiyr Alexander

    Yaiyr Alexander Member banned Full Member

    Sep 3, 2020
    He looked 6'5 against Larry Holmes but other times he looks 6'6
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  2. miniq

    miniq Big Stiff Idiot banned Full Member

    Oct 23, 2011

    AJ is 6'6"
    Wilder is 6''7"
    Fury on his best day is 6'8" & not a fraction more (His reach however is like that of an orangutan)
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  3. Boxed Ears

    Boxed Ears I own a store n work 4 everything I got Full Member

    Jul 28, 2009
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    Most 6'5 people are in the range of 6'6 people.
  4. Yaiyr Alexander

    Yaiyr Alexander Member banned Full Member

    Sep 3, 2020
    Holy **** thank you for that. It seems gerry cooney got shorter because of age as him and larry holmes were about the same height in this photo so he probably was 6'6 in his prime or at least 6'5 and a half
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  5. Sap1en

    Sap1en Member Full Member

    Dec 1, 2020
    Fury on his best day is 6"7" AJ is 6"5". Don't get worked by promoters
  6. BUDW

    BUDW Boxing Addict Full Member

    Nov 23, 2007
    Every bit of 6 6
  7. Reg

    Reg Boxing Addict Full Member

    Feb 5, 2016
    When you're 6'6" the difference an inch makes is very negligible. If this thread was talking about bantamweights then sure, You can notice an inch pretty well but not with heavyweights. At that height you're going to sleep an inch shorter than you wake up from spinal compression alone,
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  8. MorvidusStyle

    MorvidusStyle Active Member Full Member

    Jul 11, 2017
    Probably 6'4.
    My advice after noticing phoney heights in sport for many years (exposed when one or more phoney heights come head to head):

    Just take 2 inches off any heights over 6' and it will be about right, particularly if they're being branded as giants/monstrous.
    Take 1-1.5 inches off of listed heights below 6' and that will be about right, unless they are very small in which case take 2 inches off.

    There are always exceptions who actually list their correct height. Groves might be one of those. The clue is that he could have just listed 6'+ to make it sound better, but he lists 5'11 and a half. There's no reason to do that unless you're being honest.
  9. West of Hollywood

    West of Hollywood Active Member Full Member

    Nov 17, 2018
    Professional wrestling was always known for exaggerating heights and weights. Ivan Koloff (who was really Canadian!) was listed as 6'1" but was really 5'8" at best. Guy was a physical specimen though and had a Mike Tyson-like physique.
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  10. titanic

    titanic Boxing Addict Full Member

    Aug 7, 2016
    6"5' or 6"6' or 6"7' doesn't matter, he is the GENTLE GIANT !!!
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  11. MarkusFlorez99

    MarkusFlorez99 Well-Known Member Full Member

    Jan 13, 2021
    This belongs in the classic forum, but if Holmes was a legit 6'3 Cooney was probably a legit 6'6 or just about. He looked about 6'4½ against Holmes in spots because of his stature. He leaned forward a lot so when Cooney stood straight up against Holmes from time to time looked HUGE.

    He was listed as 6'5 in some fights but he looked slightly taller than that
  12. vargasfan1985

    vargasfan1985 Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Mar 8, 2008
    Such a weird thread. Like the difference of 1 inch matters at that height.
  13. GoldenHulk

    GoldenHulk Well-Known Member Full Member

    Jan 7, 2007
    I'd say 6'6. Foreman is 6'4 and he was easily a couple inches taller than Big George.
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  14. HolDat

    HolDat Active Member Full Member

    Sep 25, 2020
    An inch doesn't matter when you're a giant.
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  15. Safin

    Safin Well-Known Member Full Member

    Aug 3, 2019
    Foreman has never seen 6'4'' in his life. He was always 6'3'' 190.5cm possibly 191cm at the most.

    Heavyweight heights are particularly inflated, though there are some exceptions (within half an inch, say). At the top just now, Joshua, Wilder, Usyk, Joyce are all legitimate. Fury is overlisted by around 5cm, Whyte same, Lucas Browne around 4cm overlisted, Parker 3cm over, Ruiz 5cm over, Gassiev is not taller than Usyk, H. Fury 4cm over and so on and on.
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