Gerry Cooney had only 25 pro fights under his belt when he was matched against Larry Holmes. As a pro, he had answered the bell for only 84 rounds and hadn't defeated a fighter of note who was in the prime of his career. By contrast, Larry Holmes, seven years older than Cooney at age 32, was an established pro making his 12th title defense.

Ergo, would the bout have played out any differently if Cooney had been more seasoned? Just asking.