Gentleman Gerry: A Contender in the Ring, a Champion in Recovery

Gentleman Gerry: A Contender in the Ring, a Champion in Recovery

by Gerry Cooney, John Grady

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Beginning in the late 1970s, “Gentleman” Gerry Cooney’s professional boxing career was marked by exhilarating fights, exciting wins, and a powerful left hook. In 1982, Cooney landed a lucrative match against world heavyweight champion Larry Holmes on one of the biggest stages in championship boxing. Yet Cooney’s bouts in the ring were nothing compared to the inner turmoil that he dealt with and eventually overcame.

Gentleman Gerry: A Contender in the Ring, a Champion in Recovery chronicles the career of a boxing legend, the challenges and triumphs of a trauma survivor, and an alcoholic’s journey to sustained recovery. Gerry Cooney and John Grady provide a detailed account of how the former contender went from an abused childhood to becoming a two-time Golden Gloves champion. More than just a biography, this book explores the challenges of surviving difficult moments and overcoming obstacles such as alcohol addiction. The authors also provide historical perspectives of the era and behind-the-scenes insight into the world of professional boxing.

Complete with photographs from esteemed sports photographer Joe DiMaggio and stories directly from Cooney himself, this book offers an unprecedented look into Cooney’s life and the lessons he learned. Fans of boxing, as well as sports enthusiasts and others recovering from addiction, will find Gentleman Gerry a must-read.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538111017
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 06/12/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 344
Sales rank: 1,005,759
File size: 44 MB
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About the Author

Gerry Cooney is a former boxer who emerged as the #1 contender for the heavyweight championship of the world. Ranked #53 on The Ring Magazine’s “100 Greatest Punchers of All Time,” Cooney fought all-time great champion Larry Holmes in one of the most memorable and anticipated title fights in boxing history. Cooney currently co-hosts “At the Fights” on SiriusXM radio with Randy “The Commissioner” Gordon.

John Grady is a licensed professional counselor, licensed alcohol and drug counselor, dually certified supervisor in mental health and addictions, university lecturer, and author.

Table of Contents

Foreword Randy "Commish" Gordon ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Prologue xv

Part 1 A Survivor Evolves into a Fighter 1

1 The Earliest Days 3

2 The Survivor Fights Back 11

3 From Prospect to National Sensation 23

The Writing Process: A Fan Meets a Boxing Legend 31

Part 2 Exploring Potential 35

4 From Prodigy to Pro 37

5 The Future: An Un-setting Sun 49

6 Fighting through the Heavyweight Division 61

The Writing Process: Mom, We're Working with Gerry Cooney 71

Part 3 The Top Contender 73

7 Evolving into a Top Contender 75

8 Combating the Veteran Warrior 85

9 It's (Almost) Time 95

The Writing Process: Healing through Giving 105

Part 4 The Legend 109

10 The Prodigy Prepares for Battle 111

11 A Herculean Destruction of a Legend 119

12 Aftermath 131

The Writing Process: A Fan Hangs with Gerry 137

Part 5 Journeying Toward Destiny 141

13 Fighting Fame, Egos, but Not the Champ 143

14 The Dream Becomes Reality 153

15 Training for the Champ 161

The Writing Process: A Heightened Sense of Urgency 175

Part 6 The Championship Quest 179

16 Fight Night 181

17 I Belong Here 193

18 You Can't Hurt Me, Man 205

The Writing Process: Writing at the "Office" 215

Part 7 Encountering Severe Adversity 219

19 Breaking Apart 221

20 A Brief Return to Combat 233

21 Dead Man Fighting 249

The Writing Process: God Hears All Prayers, but Sometimes the Answer Is No 263

Part 8 Lost Legacy Found 267

22 Preparing to Rise 269

23 The Preacher and the Puncher 275

24 Doing the "Next Right Thing" 289

Bibliography 297

Index 301

About the Authors 305

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