RIP Sir Henry Cooper was a true gentleman. A hero and role model from a bygone era, when sporting legends achieved greatness that will live forever.

For those of us too young to remember, Cooper’s most famous fight in 1963 was against Muhammad Ali (then still called Cassius Clay). It was round four when Ali was literally saved by the bell, after being floored by ‘Enry’s ‘Ammer’.

No British boxer has ever been more loved than Sir Henry, the only fighter to be knighted. And he will forever be remembered for knocking down arguably the most famous boxer of all time.

Sir Henry hwas just two days short of his 77th birthday.


. . . when Muhammad Ali and Henry Cooper were re-united 50 years later.


  1. […] He has been portrayed as a trash-talking big-mouth with no class by some commentators. The Sun’s ‘Voice of Boxing’ Colin Hart has slaughtered Haye for refusing to shake Klitschko’s hand in the build-up to the fight and accused him of pseudo-sentimentality for dedicating his world heavyweight title unification clash with Klitschko to the memory of Sir Henry Cooper. […]