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R.I.P Sir Henry Cooper
« on: May 01, 2011, 09:33:14 pm »
Sad news.  R.I.P

The heavyweight was best known for knocking down a young Cassius Clay in 1963, in a fight which many commentators believed he should have won.
He floored Ali in the fourth round with "Enry's Ammer" - his trademark left hook - but Ali was given the chance to recover when his corner claimed he needed to change his ripped gloves.
Ali eventually won the non-title fight at Wembley, with Cooper bleeding, as was common in his fights, around the eyes.
Ali triumphed again when they boxed three years later but Cooper remained a favourite with the British public.
In 1970, Sir Henry become the British, Commonwealth and European heavyweight champion, and cemented his reputation as one of the greatest post-war home-grown boxers.
He remains the only boxer to have won three Lonsdale belts outright.
He was knighted in 2000.