Program will air Fridays at 7:00 pm ET on SIRIUS channel 126 and XM channel 243
Special edition of the show will air prior to Yuri Foreman-Miguel Cotto championship bout live from Yankee Stadium this Saturday, June 5
NEW YORK – June 4, 2010 – SIRIUS XM Radio (NASDAQ: SIRI) announced today that former heavyweight contender Gerry Cooney and leading boxing authority Randy Gordon will host a new weekly boxing talk show, Friday Night at the Fights, airing Fridays (7:00-9:00 pm ET) starting June 4 on SIRIUS channel 126 and XM channel 243.
This Saturday, June 5, Cooney and Gordon will host a special edition of the show live from the Hard Rock Café inside Yankee Stadium (7:00-10:00 pm ET on SIRIUS channel 126 and XM channel 243), where they will preview that night’s junior middleweight championship bout between undefeated title-holder Yuri Foreman and challenger Miguel Cotto. The Foreman-Cotto fight will be the first boxing match held in the New York Yankees’ stadium since the Muhammad Ali-Ken Norton fight in 1976.
Gordon, the former editor-in-chief of The Ring magazine and a former Chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission, and Cooney, who fought for the heavyweight title against Larry Holmes in 1982, bring together decades of experience in the fight game. Each week they will examine the biggest fights on the calendar and discuss the latest boxing news and issues with listeners around the country.
Cooney retired in 1990 with an impressive professional record of 28-3 with 24 KOs. Possessing a devastating left hook, he rose quickly through the heavyweight ranks with knockout wins over Jimmy Young, Ron Lyle and former heavyweight champ Ken Norton, and was a top contender by 1981. In 1982, he challenged Larry Holmes in a heralded heavyweight title fight and fought bravely before ultimately being stopped in round 13. Today, he runs the Fighters’ Initiative for Support and Training (F.I.S.T.), an organization he founded to help retired boxers find jobs.
Gordon was the editor-in-chief of The Ring magazine, the “Bible of Boxing,” from 1979 to 1984. He served as Chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission from 1988 to 1995 and has worked as a color commentator for boxing telecasts. In addition to hosting Friday Night at the Fights, he also currently hosts the mixed martial arts talk show, SIRIUS XM Fight Club, every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday (2:00-4:00 pm ET) on SIRIUS channel 126 and XM channel 243.
For more information, visit www.sirius.com.