Bert Cooper a.k.a Smokin have passed away after battling pancreatic cancer, according to boxingscene.com
The heavyweight champion died at only 53 years of age.
Bertram Cooper (January 10, 1966 – May 10, 2019), nicknamed Smokin’ Bert Cooper, was a heavyweight boxer.He fought Evander Holyfield, George Foreman, Riddick Bowe, Michael Moorer, Chris Byrd, Ray Mercer, and Corrie Sanders, among others. Cooper challenged three times for a world title, and was known for being in several wild brawls in the 1990s, specifically his two world title bouts with Holyfield and Moorer. According to his profile on Wikipedia.
Meanwhile tributes are pouring in for the beloved heavyweight champion on social media. Here are some comments and reactions to this news development posted on Facebook.
The Punch Line with Kelly Pavlik and James Dominguez wrote
R.I.P. ‘Smokin’ Bert Cooper…Cruiserweight trained by Joe Frazier. Stepped up to Heavyweight and it was always a thing of which Bert Cooper would show up? Well he showed up big on 6 days notice against Evander Holyfield and darn nearly became Heavyweight Champion of the world. Also his fight against Michael Moorer was a back and forth slugfest…Once again, F’ing Cancer takes a life too soon.
Philly Boxing History, wrote
Rest in Peace Smokin’ Bert Cooper.
We received the sad news today that Bert Cooper passed away this afternoon (05/10/19). Here is a photo of him at the Briscoe Awards a few weeks ago. Bert gave Evander Holyfield a big scare in a fight for the heavyweight title, fought a true classic with Michael Moorer in Atlantic City, and gave us many, many more memorable nights. Bert was a very good fighter and a true character. I will miss him.
Canadian Professional Boxing Council wrote
C.P.B.C. would like to send out condolences to the family and friends of Bert Cooper who passed away suddenly. Bert was a great fighter giving audiences some amazing fights to watch.
He will be missed. RIP Champ
Aishah Karriem wrote
RIP to the great Bert Cooper. Just like a nephew to my Dad. He always spoke so high of him
Chris Davenport wrote
Rest in Peace to Delco’s own Smokin’ Bert Cooper. Bert had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Passed away today.
He fought Chris Byrd, Michael Moorer, Evander Holyfield, Riddick Bowe, Ray Mercer, George Foreman, Henry Tillman, Carl Williams… among many others.