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Gerry Cooney OK with removal of headgear for Olympic boxers

Retired American heavyweight boxer Gerry Cooney walks the

Retired American heavyweight boxer Gerry Cooney walks the red carpet before the "Mike and The Mad Dog" reunion show at Radio City Music Hall on Wednesday, March 30, 2016. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

The Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this summer will be the first since the International Boxing Association’s decision in 2013 to discontinue the use of headgear in Olympic boxing.

Former heavyweight Gerry Cooney, who is from Huntington, said Tuesday he is all for the change.

“Headgear, to me, is basically to prevent you from getting bruised, cut,” he said at the BTIG Charity Day event in Manhattan. “It’s some kind of padding, but really not all that much.

“I think they want to make the guys more visible. I think getting rid of the headgear, not in the gym, obviously, but in fights, three-round fights, it’s OK for me . . . It makes the guys more visible and more available.”

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