Originally Posted by Big Dunn
The lead up was really disgusting. The fight couldn't have lived up to the hype because it was really only hyped along racial lines. The casual fans ate it up but almost every boxing insider knew this would likely be a one sided affair because Holmes was too much.
Fight pretty much played out that way.
Funnily enough many were giving Cooney a good chance at the time. He was undefeated and had smashed up the ghosts of Jimmy Young, Ron Lyle and Kenny Norton. He was huge and punched with frightening power. Holmes still had the stench of his poor showing against the bigger Bobick in the amateurs hanging over him and had been in serious trouble against Renaldo Snipes in his last defense.
For all that the Cooney fight was one of Holmes's finest performances; he was on his way towards being royally shafted on two of the judges scorecards. If it weren't for the 3 points deductions Cooney would have been ahead on two cards at the time of stoppage!!!!!
Only Jerry Roth was calling the fight correctly. To the casual observer Holmes was at least five or six rounds up.