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Boxing News Roundup (May 11, 2019): Bert Cooper passes, Saturday title fights set, Jordan Gill upset, more

Some fights, some fights confirmed, and some sad news today in boxing.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

A bit late thanks to ShoBox, but we’re back. Reminder: no roundup post on Sunday morning, but there will be a results roundup of everything from the weekend on Sunday morning at 6 am ET. The news roundup returns Monday at 1 am ET.

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Bert Cooper, a heavyweight warrior in the 80s and 90s who turned pro in 1984 and last fought in 2012, passed away at the age of 53. BLH sends our condolences to his family and friends.

Over his career, Cooper fought the likes of George Foreman, Ray Mercer, Riddick Bowe, Michael Moorer, Corrie Sanders, Larry Donald, Chris Byrd, and Luis Ortiz. He fought so long that he fought both George Foreman and Luis Ortiz. His biggest fight came in 1991, when he got a crack at Evander Holyfield and the IBF and WBA titles. He lost, but he damn near got Holyfield, too. His final boxing record was 38-25 (31 KO). He was a journeyman, and he was a real fighter.

Tomorrow night’s big cards are all set. Jarrett Hurd and Julian Williams made weight in Virginia, and Miguel Berchelt, Francisco Vargas, Emanuel Navarrete, and Isaac Dogboe did the same in Arizona.

We made our staff picks for tomorrow’s title fights, Hurd-Williams here and the ESPN doubleheader here.

We’ll have live coverage for both shows tomorrow. Hurd-Williams starts at 8 pm ET on FOX, and the ESPN show at 10:00 pm ET on ESPN, with prelims streaming live on ESPN+ a 6:30.

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