Holmes - Cooney 1982, Mixed Media Original on Paper, Approximately 12 x 14 unframed. This work is listed on page 208 of LeRoy Neiman's Book - Winners: My 30 years in sports.
The Larry Holmes (The Eastern Assassin) vs. Gerry Cooney (The Gentleman) fight took place June 11th 1982 at Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas and was one of the most highly anticipated fights of the early 1980's. Holmes the WBC Heavy Weight Champion successfully defended his title against Cooney when in the 13th round he landed a punishing cross against Cooney and sent him into the ropes. Cooney's corner threw in the towel ending the bout.
It is this moment Neiman, who was in attendance, captured in this very special piece of boxing history. One can see the fatigue in Cooney's face as he most likely was debating his next move before others in his corner made the decision for him.
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LeRoy Neiman was born in St. Paul, Minnesota and studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, De Paul University, and the University of Illinois. He taught at the Art Institute of Chicago's school for ten years. Neiman moved to New York City in 1963 when he had his first one-man show at the Hammer Gallery. He then continued to portray the people and events of the world he knew best, or which intrigued him most. His best-known works are sports scenes, a reflection, he believes, of the fact that sports are universally a dominant force. He was the official artist for ABC-TV at the Olympic Games in 1972 and 1976, and at the Winter Olympics of 1980. Neiman's work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the world, including the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. and the Hermitage in Leningrad. Some people will pronouce his name wrong and spell it Nieman, but we know who they are talking about.
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