View Full Version : Can anyone explain WHY Gerry Cooney never used his right hand??


mickey malone
06-23-2009, 05:31 AM
Hi all... This is a bug bearer of mine...
The 'Great' White Hope lol...
This guy could put anyone to sleep, & had a valiant crack at the title..
I've always wondered how far he'd have gone, if he hadn't been solely reliant on the the left jab/leading left hook...
I watched most of his fights, and I hardly saw him throw any sort of right in 10 years... Why was this..?? Did he have some sort of disability that I'm not aware of...???
While on the subject... Thanks Gerry.... What you do for retired fighters is very admirable... Well done.... From all those that care....

Kinetic Linking
06-23-2009, 05:19 PM
If I'm not mistaken he did use the right to great effect, at least once. Against Norton, a sharp right to the chin plays a key role in that devastating knockout flurry against the ropes.

Anyway, I don't know if he should have used it more or not, maybe he should have. His left hook was certainly his most important weapon.

mickey malone
06-23-2009, 06:29 PM
If I'm not mistaken he did use the right to great effect, at least once. Against Norton, a sharp right to the chin plays a key role in that devastating knockout flurry against the ropes.

Anyway, I don't know if he should have used it more or not, maybe he should have. His left hook was certainly his most important weapon.
Thanks for your answer... It appears no one else knows...
Don't mean to be funny, but I half expected someone woulda seen the fight with Norton (who was washed at the time.. His last fight, I believe) Which is the one & only RHKO I ever witnessed from him...
However.... If you get the chance, watch the Holmes, Spinks, Foreman fights...
These were 'big ones' and he Hardly used it...
Very liberally against Holmes, but not at all against S&F... I got the impression, that he wanted to lose....

mickey malone
06-23-2009, 10:58 PM
Hi all... This is a bug bearer of mine...
The 'Great' White Hope lol...
This guy could put anyone to sleep, & had a valiant crack at the title..
I've always wondered how far he'd have gone, if he hadn't been solely reliant on the the left jab/leading left hook...
I watched most of his fights, and I hardly saw him throw any sort of right in 10 years... Why was this..?? Did he have some sort of disability that I'm not aware of...???
While on the subject... Thanks Gerry.... What you do for retired fighters is very admirable... Well done.... From all those that care....
No.... I didn't think so.....

Ziggy Stardust
06-23-2009, 11:47 PM
Gerry Coony couldn't wipe his ass with his right: He was the apitomy of the "one-armed bandit".

Poet

Leakbeak
06-24-2009, 01:00 AM
Sounds like he might have been a left handed orthodox fighter like Miguel Angel Cotto or Oscar Dela Hoya. Despite throwing combos, Oscar too has been accused of being a one armed bandit because his right hands were never as meaty as his left hook. In Cotto's case, even his jab floored Clottey. If Cooney was left handed this would explain why, as throwing less effective right hands sounds less appealing than using your best weapons

DeepSleep
06-24-2009, 01:16 AM
Cooney is a converted southpaw. His right hand is his weaker hand so he doesn't have much steam behind it. Still you'd expect I guy like him to at least try and make it work a little bit...

Link:http://coxscorner.tripod.com/southpaws.html

▀ringer
06-24-2009, 01:55 AM
Gerry Coony couldn't wipe his ass with his right: He was the apitomy of the "one-armed bandit".

Poet

I LOL'd. :lol1:

mickey malone
06-24-2009, 02:09 PM
Gerry Coony couldn't wipe his ass with his right: He was the apitomy of the "one-armed bandit".

Poet
Cracker....!!!!!! Lollollollol

mickey malone
06-24-2009, 02:18 PM
Sounds like he might have been a left handed orthodox fighter like Miguel Angel Cotto or Oscar Dela Hoya. Despite throwing combos, Oscar too has been accused of being a one armed bandit because his right hands were never as meaty as his left hook. In Cotto's case, even his jab floored Clottey. If Cooney was left handed this would explain why, as throwing less effective right hands sounds less appealing than using your best weapons
Makes sense...

But, I'm not sure if he is left handed..

A good trainer would have sorted this out... Or was it that Gerry was simply too lazy to adapt? If so, this was a traversty...

mickey malone
06-24-2009, 02:32 PM
Cooney is a converted southpaw. His right hand is his weaker hand so he doesn't have much steam behind it. Still you'd expect I guy like him to at least try and make it work a little bit...

Link:http://coxscorner.tripod.com/southpaws.html
I don't recall Cooney ever fighting as a southpaw as his right hand never left the side of his face.. Left jab, left jab, lead left hook in repetative motion...
He was so damn predictable.. Makes me think, he didn't like the gym too much...

GJC
06-25-2009, 05:53 PM
He caught Norton with a couple of good rights as I recall, not that I would ever forward that fight as an argument.

mickey malone
06-26-2009, 06:59 AM
He caught Norton with a couple of good rights as I recall, not that I would ever forward that fight as an argument.
Sure.. Norton was well shot by then & I suppose Gerry decided to risk it..
That was the last time I witnessed it though..