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Heavyweight Bert Cooper Dead At 53 From Pancreatic Cancer

By Keith Idec

Onetime heavyweight contender “Smokin’ ” Bert Cooper died Friday after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer.

Cooper was 53.

The stout, strong Cooper made a name for himself in the heavyweight division during the early 1990s. Cooper lost to various heavyweight champions or former champions during that time – most notably Riddick Bowe, George Foreman, Evander Holyfield, Ray Mercer and Michael Moorer.

Cooper, who fought out of Philadelphia and was trained by Joe Frazier early in his career, is most known for his entertaining, back-and-forth fight with Holyfield in November 1991.

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Once two of Holyfield’s opponents withdrew, Cooper took that heavyweight title fight against the renowned champion on short notice in Atlanta, Holyfield’s adopted hometown. Holyfield floored Cooper during the first round, but Cooper came back to buzz Holyfield and captivate the crowd during the third round.

Cooper and Holyfield exchanged many power punches before referee Mills Lane stopped their scheduled 12-round bout for Holyfield’s IBF and WBA titles in the seventh round. 

Two fights later, Cooper dropped Moorer twice. Moorer also floored Cooper twice on Moorer’s way to winning by fifth-round technical knockout in May 1992 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Cooper went on to lose to an array of heavyweight prospects and contenders over the following 10 years. He didn’t box from September 2002 until, at 44, he made a comeback in June 2010.

Cooper was brutally honest about his struggles with drug addiction once he launched his comeback. He also spent a lot of time working with the youth of Philadelphia.

Eventually, he lost three straight fights, including a second-round TKO to Luis Ortiz, before he retired for good after a second-round TKO loss to Carl Davis in September 2012. Cooper finished his 28-year career with a record of 38-25, including 31 knockouts and one no-contest. 

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

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Comment by Patsfan bri on 05-13-2019

His fight with Holyfield was a classic. Thank you Bert Cooper. May god rest your soul.

Comment by Divine Hammer on 05-11-2019

cancer in all its ugly forms needs to be taken out for good!!!! enough!!!!!!!!! rip and thank you for the great fights

Comment by thack on 05-11-2019

So sad to hear ......Bert gave it his all and was just one punch away from being Heavyweight champ of the world. R.I.P.

Comment by LA_2_Vegas on 05-11-2019

RIP Smoking Bert, *** there were a number of memorable wars he was involved in. Truly helped to make HW boxing something I loved growing up

Comment by PunchyPotorff on 05-11-2019

R.I.P. to a tough-as-nails HW. Thanx champ, for all the great fights.

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