May 24, 2019

Boxing legend Sir Henry Cooper dies aged 76

Henry Cooper may never have got to be world heavyweight champion, but there are not too many boxers who can say they put Mohammad Ali on the canvas.

British heavyweight boxing legend Sir Henry Cooper has died aged 76, at his son’s house in Oxted, Surrey.

Cooper was a former English, Commonwealth and European champion, but he is most remembered for knocking down Cassius Clay (Mohammad Ali) at a bout at Wembley in 1963.

He floored the American champion in the fourth round with his famous left hook – ‘Enry’s ‘Ammer. But Ali went on to win the fight and a subsequent re-match three years later.

Ali later quipped to the media that Cooper “hit me so hard that my ancestors in Africa felt it”.

At the age of only 18, Cooper was part of the British boxing team that went to the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. He turned preofessional two years later.

He went on to fight 55 times for 40 wins, retiring in 1971 at the age of 36.

Henry Cooper then went on to forge a successful career in television and in writing.