A Puncher Goes for It: Gerry Cooney and Larry Holmes

Gerry Cooney has the big bat, but Champ Larry Holmes has the odds

The Heavyweight Championship of the World. It is as big as Primo Camera was big, as simple and, sometimes, as sad. But invariably special and occasionally alluring. Jack Johnson. Jack Dempsey. Joe Louis. Rocky Marciano. Muhammad Ali. Since caves, men have been awed by the enormous stature accompanying this title and attracted to its myth. Which is why in Las Vegas this week a $50,000 casino credit line is helpful in securing a reservation at Caesars Palace. The beautiful people are descending with their beautiful...

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