Foreman vs Cooney (1990) | Facts, Stats & HighlightsWritten by Lee Cleveland
George Foreman TKO 2 Gerry Cooney
Jan 15, 1990
Location: Convention Center
Venue: Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
Broadcast: Closed-circuit TV and PPV
Referee: Joe Cortez
Weights: Foreman - 253¼, Cooney - 231
Ages: Foreman - 41, Cooney -34
Promoter: Bob Arum, Top Rank
Foreman vs Cooney Facts & Stats
George Foreman (64-2, 60 KO) vs Gerry Cooney (28-2, 24 KO)
Although no title was contested, Foreman vs Cooney was the first big heavyweight fight of the 1990s - a decade rich in heavyweight boxing
The fight was billed as "The Preacher vs. The Puncher" but critics referred to it as "The Geezers at Caesars."
Each boxer was guaranteed $1 Million USD.
George was 19-0, 18 KOs on the comeback trail frollowing his 10 year hiatus from the sport
Bout was Cooney's first in 2½ years but he appeared to be in better physical shape than he'd been in quite some time.
Big George was about 10-15 lbs lighter and a bit quicker in this bout versus his previous comeback fights
Cooney buckled Big George with his trademark left hook in Round 1
Foreman kept his composure after being jolted in Round 1, continued to pressure his foe and eventually caught Cooney in Round 2.
Cooney went down twice in the second and was out cold from the last knockdown.
After the fight, Foreman said Cooney "hit me harder than anyone I've ever been in the ring with."
There was speculation the winner would fight then-undisputed heavyweight champion Mike Tyson but Iron Mike would lose 3 weeks later to James 'Buster' Douglas.
Foreman vs Cooney Highlights