1982-06-11 Larry Holmes w rsc 13 (15) Gerry Cooney, Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBC

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1982-06-11 Larry Holmes w rsc 13 (15) Gerry Cooney, Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBC. Referee: Mills Lane. Although he had been floored by a countering right in the second round the challenger had fought his way back into the contest with dogged determination, and if he had not been deducted three points for low blows he would have been on level terms with Holmes (212½) going in to the 13th. Despite being badly cut over the left eye and on the bridge of the nose early on Cooney (225½) went toe to toe with Holmes in the tenth in what was the best round of the fight, both men giving it everything. The end was in sight for Cooney in the 12th when he had virtually stopped punching back, and in the 13th the referee was forced to pull the big Irish-American out when his second jumped into the ring to save his charge from taking further punishment after he had shipped ten solid blows without return. By rights Cooney should have been disqualified, but he had put up such a great battle that it would have made a mockery of the sport had that been the official decision.