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article imageBritish boxing legend Sir Henry Cooper dies aged 76

By Kev Hedges     May 1, 2011 in Sports
Former English heavyweight boxer, Sir Henry Cooper, known for a ferociously effective left hook and his knockdown of the young Muhammad Ali (then known as Cassius Clay) has died. He was due to turn 77 on Tuesday.
Sir Henry passed away today at his son's home in Oxted, Surrey. The former heavyweight champion of Europe received his knighthood from the Queen in 2000. He was twice voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year. His crowning glory was his knockdown of Muhammad Ali in 1963.
Henry had an identical twin brother, George. They both excelled at sport during the Second World War years, Henry was particularly good at football and cricket. Sir Henry was considered to be one of Britain's finest all-time boxers next to Lennox Lewis and Frank Bruno, reports BBC Sport.
Born in Lewisham, London he represented Great Britain in the 1952 Olympics held in Finland. He was beaten in the second round to Russian Anatoli Petrov. He began fighting professionally in 1954. His 1963 clash with Ali saw Cooper floor Ali in the fourth round but Ali went on to win the non-title bout.
Cooper maintained a high profile after his boxing career finished, playing one of the team captains on the BBC quiz show A Question of Sport for a number of years and also appearing in several advertisements alongside Kevin Keegan for a well-known deodorant.
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