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May 3, 2015

Henry Cooper, born on May 3rd 1934 is best remembered for the night when he nearly changed the course of boxing history. On 19th July 1963 he fought the up-and-coming Cassius Clay, later to become Muhammad Ali, and his famous left hook, 'Henry's Hammer', dumped Clay on the canvas, raising 'the biggest cheer in boxing history'. Boxing was not the end of Henry's time in the public eye. He was the ideal elder statesman of the sport, and a successful media career followed his retirement in 1971. Disaster hit, however, when his innocent involvement in the scandal of the Lloyds names meant that he lost a quarter of a million pounds, and had to sell off his precious Lonsdale belts to pay his bills. Read more

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