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Gerry Cooney and Sylvester Stallone

Neil Leifer, born 1942
Gerry Cooney, born 24 Aug 1956
Sylvester Stallone, born 1946
Chromogenic print on paper
Image: 35.5 × 27.9cm (14 × 11")
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine. Conserved with funds from The Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation
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A great deal of thought went into making every Time cover, and suggestions could come from anyone, anywhere. Staff photographer Neil Leifer came up with the idea for this boxing theme: Why not focus on two news events with one click of the camera? That week Gerry Cooney (left) would be challenging defending champion Larry Holmes for the heavyweight boxing title. Cooney would lose. Meanwhile, Sylvester Stallone (right) was once again starring as boxer Rocky Balboa in Rocky III (1982). Predictably, Rocky regained the heavyweight title, and Stallone was yet again a hit at the box office.
Cada portada de Time era producto de larga reflexión y se aceptaban sugerencias de todos los empleados, sin importar su puesto. El fotógrafo Neil Leifer propuso la idea para este tema boxístico: ¿Por qué no cubrir dos noticias con un solo clic de la cámara? Esa semana, Gerry Cooney (izquierda) retaría al campeón incumbente Larry Holmes por el título mundial de peso completo. Cooney perdió la batalla. Por su parte, Sylvester Stallone (derecha) volvía a interpretar al púgil Rocky Balboa en Rocky III (1982). Como era de esperarse, Rocky recuperó el título de peso completo y Stallone consiguió otro éxito de taquilla.
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