Bert Cooper
Nickname: Smokin'

Bert Cooper

Born Jan 10, 1966
Age 51
Height 5′ 11½″
Reach 78½″
Head Trainers Joe Frazier
Stance Orthodox
Style brawler
Division Heavyweight
Years Active 1984-1995; 1997; 1999-2002; 2010-Present
Record 38 23 0
NC 1
KOs 31
KO% 50%


Philadelphia, PA, USA


Smokin' Bert Cooper is famous for his devastating punching power and several wild brawls in the 1990s.

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 numer 1 ranked heavyweight contender Carl "The Truth" Williams and 2 rounds by George Foreman.

In 1991 in one of the great heavyweight championship bouts of all-time, Cooper came off the floor in the first round to deck Holyfield in the 3rd. The two exchanged damaging blows in the ensuing rounds before the referee saved Cooper in the 7th.

The spectacular 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.

The hard living lifestyle of Cooper (he battled drug addicition throughout his career) took its toll and his career went downhill from this point, being outpointed by veteran Mike Weaver for an obscure title in China before losing to prospects like Corrie Sanders, Chris Byrd, Fres Oquendo, and Joe Mesi.  In 2010, Cooper, aged 44, made a successful comeback after eight years out of the ring, a sixth round knockout of Corey Winfield.

Cooper has fought a Who's Who list of heavyweights such as... Evander Holyfield, George Foreman, Riddick Bowe, Michael Moorer, Carl Williams, Mike Weaver, Corrie Sanders, Chris Byrd, Fres Oquendo, and Joe Mesi. 


Rugged and durable
Powerful short right hand 


As a late substitute for an injured Mike Tyson in 1991, Bert Cooper nearly upset Evander Holyfield as he battered the champion in Round 3 and knocked down Holyfield for the first time in his career   

  Significant Wins  

TKO 5 Joe Hipp - 1991
TKO 8 Orlin Norris - 1990
TKO 2 Willie de Wit - 1987
UD 10 Henry Tillman - 1986

  Significant Loses  

TKO 7 Joe Mesi - 2001
UD 12 Chris Byrd - 1997
TKO 9 Alexander Zolkin - 1995
DQ 7 Jeremy Williams - 1994
TKO 7 Larry Donald - 1994
TKO 5 Michael Moorer - 1992
TKO 7 Evander Holyfield - 1991
KO 2 Riddick Bowe - 1990
UD 12 Ray Mercer - 1990
RTD 2 George Foreman - 1989 


  Fighter Video  

Bert Cooper KO 2 Cecil Coffee (1992)

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