Former boxer Henry Cooper dies at 76

British boxing legend Henry Cooper has died at the age of 76.

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Kevin Grech
1 May 2011, 12:00am
Cooper famously fought Muhammad Ali and knocked him down in the fourth round during their world heavyweight fight at Wembley in 1963.

It was a controversial fight as after Ali was knocked down he 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.

Cooper lost again to Ali three years later when they met in 1966.

Cooper remained a favourite with the British public.

In 1970, Sir Henry Cooper became the British, Commonwealth and European heavyweight champion.

With these titles he went into history as one of the greatest post-war-home-grown boxers.

He remains the only boxer ever to have won all three Lonsdale belts outright.

Cooper was knighted in 2000, after winning the prestigious Sports Personality of the Year award twice.

Cooper fought 55 times in his professional career before retiring in 1971.

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