“I was going to wait until the first week of May, but what the hell,” a silver-haired Cooney told the media from his New York living room Monday morning. “Those little guys [Rios and Alvarado] got my juices flowing. Anyway, I just wanted to tell you and the boxing world that I’m back!”
Cooney, now 56, is best known for a failed try at Larry Holmes’ WBC heavyweight title in 1982, but had also registered impressive victories over the likes of Ken Norton, Ron Lyle, and Jimmy Young over the course of an eleven-year professional career.
The heavy-handed battler was last seen in the ring in 1990. when he was knocked out in two rounds by George Foreman.
“Don’t let the pudge in my mid-section fool you,” Cooney said. “I’m in great shape and I feel better now than when I was in my thirties. I’m gonna prove that fifty is the new thirty. My team is already in talks with Wladimir Klitschko for a possible November date. I plan on taking a couple of tune-ups before that, but honestly, fellas, I’m ready right now!”
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