Sir Henry Cooper dies at 76

Phil Jay 30/04/2011

The whole of the boxing fraternity is in mourning today as it was announced that former British, Commonwealth and European heavyweight champion Sir Henry Cooper has died just two days before his 77th birthday.

Cooper, who in 1963 knocked down a young man who went by the name of Cassius Clay in a world title fight, will be fondly remembered by all who knew and respected him. Clay, now known as Muhammad Ali of course, was 18-0 at the time and was shocked by a crushing left hook that was fondly known as “Enry’s Ammer.”

Sir Henry ended his seventeen-year boxing career in 1971 with a record of 40-14-1, 27 KO’s and shared the ring with the likes of Floyd Patterson, Muhammad Ali (twice) and Ingemar Johannson in a glittering career that just failed to hit the very top.

Mr Cooper will be forever remembered as a great ambassador for the sport, a true gentleman and a boxing man through and through.