The title fight between Larry Holmes and Gerry Cooney was one of the most anticipated boxing matches of the early 1980s. It also included one of the most controversial lead-ups in boxing history.
The fight was turned into somewhat of a race war, with white supremacist groups threatened to gun down Holmes before the fight even began. Police were forced to oversee the outdoor event from the rooftops of nearby buildings.
It was also there that Cooney was dubbed “The Great White Hope,” a title he disagreed with.
Holme’s was able to come out victorious in the end, as he beat Cooney in the 13th round and won the heavyweight championship in the process.
What are other controversial fights in boxing history? What are some other fights that you would like to see us revisit?