A Letter From The Publisher: Jun. 14, 1982

From the start, Staff Photographer Neil Leifer's idea had a nice ring to it. With the film sequel Rocky III scheduled to open at about the same time that the long-awaited heavyweight fight takes place between Gerry Cooney and defending Champion Larry Holmes, Leifer proposed to exploit the coincidence by having Cooney and Actor Sylvester Stallone pose together. Leifer asked Stallone, who lives in Los Angeles' Pacific Palisades, to fly East. Meanwhile, Leifer booked a suite at the Concord Hotel in the Catskills, where Cooney was training. Stallone slipped into the hotel by...

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