Bert Cooper

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Bert Cooper
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Real nameBertram Cooper
Nickname(s)Smokin'
Weight(s)
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
NationalityAmerican
Born(1966-01-10)January 10, 1966
Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedMay 10, 2019(2019-05-10) (aged 53)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights64
Wins38
Wins by KO31
Losses25
No contests1

Bertram Cooper (January 10, 1966 – May 10, 2019), nicknamed Smokin' Bert Cooper, was an American professional boxer who competed between 1984 and 2012. He fought Evander Holyfield, George Foreman, Riddick Bowe, Michael Moorer, Chris Byrd, Ray Mercer, and Corrie Sanders, among others. Cooper challenged three times for a world title, and was known for being in several wild fights in the 1990s, including his world title bouts with Holyfield and Moorer.

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Professional career

Cooper came out of Philadelphia and was trained in his early years by ex-champ Joe Frazier, and rose in the rankings with a series of explosive knockouts in the Cruiserweight division. Unable to get a world title shot despite winning the NABF belt and defeating Olympic gold medallist Henry Tillman and future world champion Tyrone Booze, he began boxing in the heavyweight division, knocking out Willie DeWitt in 2 rounds but being stopped in 8 rounds by No. 1 ranked heavyweight contender Carl "The Truth" Williams and in 2 rounds by George Foreman.

In 1990, having failed to secure a cruiserweight world title fight, Cooper moved to heavyweight permanently, knocking out top 5-ranked Orlin Norris and claiming his NABF title. He lost the title in his first defense, outpointed over 12 by undefeated Olympic gold medallist Ray Mercer in an explosive brawl. Later the same year he was KO'd in 2 rounds by fast-rising Riddick Bowe and his career looked over. However Cooper bounced back in 1991, stopping Joe Hipp in 5 rounds then being matched on short notice with Evander Holyfield for the undisputed heavyweight championship after two opponents dropped out. Cooper came off the floor in the first round to stun Holyfield in the 3rd round, the two exchanging big blows before the referee Mills Lane stopped the fight in the 7th.

The fight made Cooper a big name and he would be matched in many high-profile fights over the years. In June 1992 he boxed undefeated Michael Moorer for the vacant WBO title, knocking Moorer down twice but also going down twice himself before being stopped in the 5th. Cooper's career went downhill from this point, being outpointed by veteran Mike Weaver for an obscure title in China then losing to prospects like Corrie Sanders, Chris Byrd, Fres Oquendo, and Joe Mesi. On June 18, 2010, Cooper, aged 44, made a successful comeback after eight years out of the ring, a sixth-round knockout of Corey Winfield in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Personal

His hometown was Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania, United States. He was 5'11" (180 cm) tall. He died on May 10, 2019 from pancreatic cancer at the age of 53. [1] [2]

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
64 fights38 wins25 losses
By knockout3116
By decision78
By disqualification01
No contests1
No.ResultRecordOpponentTypeRound, timeDateLocationNotes
64Loss38–25 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Carl Davis TKO2 (6), 2:32Sep 8, 2012 Flag of the United States.svg Civic Center, Hammond, Indiana, U.S.
63Loss38–24 (1) Flag of New Zealand.svg Chauncy Welliver UD10Apr 5, 2012 Flag of the United States.svg Capitol Plaza Hotel, Jefferson City, Missouri, U.S.For WBC Continental Americas heavyweight title
62Loss38–23 (1) Flag of Cuba.svg Luis Ortiz TKO2 (10), 1:29Apr 23, 2011 Flag of the United States.svg Miami-Dade County Fair & Expo, Miami, Florida, U.S.
61Win38–22 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Gabe BrownSD6Feb 26, 2011 Flag of the United States.svg Club Europe, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
60Win37–22 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Corey WinfieldKO6 (6), 2:21Jun 18, 2010 Flag of the United States.svg Benton Convention Center, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, U.S.
59Loss36–22 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Darroll Wilson RTD4 (10), 3:00Sep 20, 2002 Flag of the United States.svg Blue Horizon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
58Win36–21 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Craig TomlinsonUD10Jun 22, 2002 Flag of the United States.svg Sovereign Center, Reading, Pennsylvania, U.S.Won USA Pennsylvania State heavyweight title
57Loss35–21 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Joe Mesi TKO7 (10), 0:41Jul 27, 2001 Flag of the United States.svg Civic Center, Niagara Falls, New York, U.S.
56Loss35–20 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Fres Oquendo UD10Oct 16, 1999 Flag of the United States.svg Star Plaza Theatre, Merrillville, Indiana, U.S.
55Win35–19 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Brian YatesTKO4 (10), 2:10Jun 19, 1999 Flag of the United States.svg Genesis Center, Gary, Indiana, U.S.
54Loss34–19 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Derrick Jefferson TKO2 (10), 1:02Mar 4, 1999 Flag of the United States.svg Soaring Eagle Casino, Mount Pleasant, Michigan, U.S.
53Loss34–18 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Anthony GreenUD8Sep 19, 1997 Flag of the United States.svg Allentown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
52Win34–17 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Richie MelitoKO1 (12), 1:51Jul 29, 1997 Flag of the United States.svg The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.Won WBF heavyweight title
51Loss33–17 (1) Flag of Tonga.svg Samson Po'uha TKO4 (10), 1:36Apr 22, 1997 Flag of the United States.svg The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, U.S.
50Loss33–16 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Chris Byrd UD10Mar 18, 1997 Flag of the United States.svg IMA Center, Flint, Michigan, U.S.
49Loss33–15 (1) Flag of Russia.svg Alexander ZolkinTKO9 (12), 2:50Jun 23, 1995 Flag of the United States.svg Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.For NABF heavyweight title
48Win33–14 (1) Flag of the United States.svg George HarrisKO1 (10)Jul 30, 1994 Flag of the United States.svg Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
47Loss32–14 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Jeremy Williams DQ7 (10), 1:48Jun 24, 1994 Flag of the United States.svg Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
46Win32–13 (1) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Joe SavageKO1 (10), 1:41Apr 22, 1994 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Civic Arena, Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
45Loss31–13 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Larry Donald TKO7 (12), 1:16Apr 14, 1994 Flag of the United States.svg Casino Magic, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, U.S.For WBC Continental Americas heavyweight title
44Loss31–12 (1) Flag of Australia (converted).svg Craig PetersenSD3Dec 3, 1993 Flag of the United States.svg Casino Magic, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, U.S.People's Choice One-Night Heavyweight Tournament
43Win31–11 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Mike RobinsonTKO3 (10), 2:59Nov 28, 1993 Flag of the United States.svg Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, U.S.
42Loss30–11 (1) Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Corrie Sanders TKO3 (10), 1:26Jun 26, 1993 Flag of the United States.svg Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
41Win30–10 (1) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Derek WilliamsUD10Mar 25, 1993 Flag of the United States.svg Harrah's Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
40Loss29–10 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Mike Weaver UD10Feb 27, 1993 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Capital City Gymnasium, Beijing, ChinaFor vacant NBA heavyweight title
39Win29–9 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Rocky PepeliTKO8 (10), 2:10Sep 15, 1992 Flag of the United States.svg War Memorial Auditorium, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.
38Win28–9 (1) Flag of the United States.svg David Jaco UD10Jul 11, 1992 Flag of the United States.svg Fort Myers, Florida, U.S.
37Loss27–9 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Michael Moorer TKO5 (12), 2:21May 15, 1992 Flag of the United States.svg Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.For vacant WBO heavyweight title
36Win27–8 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Cecil CoffeeTKO2 (10), 1:24Feb 15, 1992 Flag of the United States.svg Mirage Hotel & Casino, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
35Loss26–8 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Evander Holyfield TKO7 (12), 2:58Nov 23, 1991 Flag of the United States.svg The Omni, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.For WBA and IBF heavyweight title
34Win26–7 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Joe Hipp TKO5 (10), 1:01Oct 18, 1991 Flag of the United States.svg Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
33Win25–7 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Anthony WadeTKO8 (19), 1:36Aug 8, 1991 Flag of the United States.svg Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
32Win24–7 (1) Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Conroy NelsonTKO9 (10), 2:23May 11, 1991 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
31Win23–7 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Loren Ross TKO8 (10), 1:16Feb 26, 1991 Flag of the United States.svg Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.
30Loss22–7 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Riddick Bowe KO2 (10), 3:09Oct 25, 1990 Flag of the United States.svg Mirage Hotel & Casino, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
29Loss22–6 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Ray Mercer UD12Aug 5, 1990 Flag of the United States.svg Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.Lost NABF heavyweight title
28Win22–5 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Orlin Norris TKO8 (13), 1:34Feb 17, 1990 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Northlands Coliseum, Edmonton, Alberta, CanadaWon NABF heavyweight title
27NC21–5 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Mike CohenNC8Dec 9, 1989 Flag of the United States.svg Daytona Beach, Florida, U.S.
26Win21–5 Flag of the United States.svg Rick HoardTKO1 (6), 1:23Sep 28, 1989 Flag of the United States.svg Finky's Bar, Daytona Beach, Florida, U.S.
25Loss20–5 Flag of the United States.svg George Foreman RTD2 (10), 3:00Jun 1, 1989 Flag of the United States.svg Pride Pavilion, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
24Loss20–4 Flag of the United States.svg Nate Miller RTD6 (12), 3:00Feb 15, 1989 Flag of the United States.svg Pennsylvania Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.Lost NABF cruiserweight title
23Win20–3 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Tony MorrisonTKO9 (12), 2:59Sep 27, 1988 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Halifax Forum, Halifax, Nova Scotia, CanadaRetained NABF cruiserweight title
22Loss19–3 Flag of the United States.svg Everett MartinUD10Jun 1, 1988 Flag of the United States.svg Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
21Win19–2 Flag of Tonga.svg Tony Fulilangi TKO4 (12), 2:44Mar 15, 1988 Flag of the United States.svg Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.Retained NABF cruiserweight title
20Win18–2 Flag of the United States.svg Tim BullockTKO3 (10)Dec 4, 1987 Flag of the United States.svg Sands Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
19Win17–2 Flag of the United States.svg Andre McCallTKO6 (12), 2:54Nov 20, 1987 Flag of the United States.svg Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.Retained NABF cruiserweight title
18Loss16–2 Flag of the United States.svg Carl Williams RTD7 (12), 3:00Jun 21, 1987 Flag of the United States.svg Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.For vacant USBA heavyweight title
17Win16–1 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Willie de Wit TKO2 (10), 2:58Feb 14, 1987 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Regina Agridome, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
16Win15–1 Flag of Cuba.svg Carlos HernándezTKO8 (10), 1:04Dec 2, 1986 Flag of the United States.svg Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
15Win14–1 Flag of the United States.svg Spencer ChavisTKO3 (12), 1:03Oct 10, 1986 Flag of the United States.svg Showboat Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.Retained NABF cruiserweight title
14Win13–1 Flag of the United States.svg Tyrone BoozeSD12Aug 26, 1986 Flag of the United States.svg Stateline, Nevada, U.S.Retained NABF cruiserweight title
13Win12–1 Flag of the United States.svg Henry Tillman UD12Jun 15, 1986 Flag of the United States.svg Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.Won NABF cruiserweight title
12Win11–1 Flag of the United States.svg Oscar HolmanTKO10 (10), 0:31Apr 18, 1986 Flag of the United States.svg Trump Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
11Loss10–1 Flag of the United States.svg Reggie Gross TKO8 (10), 1:24Jan 31, 1986 Flag of the United States.svg Trump Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
10Win10–0 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Cedric ParsonsKO1 (10), 0:46Dec 12, 1985 Flag of the United States.svg Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
9Win9–0Ray DavisonUD6Oct 9, 1985 Flag of the United States.svg Trump Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
8Win8–0 Flag of the United States.svg Tim DavenportTKO1 (6), 1:59Aug 3, 1985 Flag of the United States.svg Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.
7Win7–0 Flag of the United States.svg Larry GivensTKO3 (6), 2:22May 20, 1985 Flag of the United States.svg Lawlor Events Center, Reno, Nevada, U.S.
6Win6–0 Flag of the United States.svg Jim JonesKO1 (6), 0:59May 9, 1985 Flag of the United States.svg Caesars Boardwalk Regency, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
5Win5–0 Flag of the United States.svg Lorenzo BoydKO1 (6)Apr 18, 1985 Flag of the United States.svg Monroe, Louisiana, U.S.
4Win4–0Alvin FuggsKO1 (6), 1:14Feb 23, 1985 Flag of the United States.svg Sands Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
3Win3–0 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ian PriestTKO1 (6), 1:00Nov 24, 1984 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Leisure Centre, Gateshead, England
2Win2–0 Flag of the United States.svg Mark YoungTKO2 (4), 2:18Oct 30, 1984 Flag of the United States.svg Tropicana Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
1Win1–0 Flag of the United States.svg Dennis CaldwellKO1 (4), 1:28Sep 11, 1984 Flag of the United States.svg Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.

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References

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Henry Tillman
NABF Cruiserweight Champion
15 June 1986 15 February 1989
Succeeded by
Nate Miller
Preceded by
Orlin Norris
NABF Heavyweight Champion
17 February 1990 5 August 1990
Succeeded by
Ray Mercer
Preceded by
Lionel Butler
Stripped
WBF Heavyweight Champion
July 29, 1997 January 29, 1998
Stripped
Succeeded by
Joe Bugner
Preceded by
Roy Williams
USA Pennsylvania State Heavyweight Champion
June 22, 2002 – September 9, 2005
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Eddie Chambers