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Cassius Clay vs Henry Cooper

Cassius Clay vs Henry Cooper

Date: 18th June 1963

Venue: Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London, United Kingdom

Title: 10 Round Heavyweight Contest

Promoter: None

Tv: Closed Circuit Television

Cassius Clay
( 18 - 0 - 0 )
Weight: 207 lbs

Henry Cooper
( 27 - 8 - 1 )
Weight: 185 1/2 lbs

With a world title challenge to champion Sonny Liston looming, Clay travelled to Wembley Stadium in London, England to face local hero Cooper.

Clay boasted that "It ain't no jive, Henry Cooper will go in five!" and he did. Referee Tommy Little ending the fight due to the severity of Coopers cuts at 2:15 of the round. But nearing the end of the 4th round, Cooper had caught Clay with a ferocious left hook that seemed to pick the American off his feet and dump him into the ropes which he slid down until he was sat on the canvas just as the bell sounded to end the round.

Angelo Dundee, Clay's trainer found a split in his charges right glove during the break and said that he poked his finger into the split to make it look a little worse, then called the referee over to inform him of the damaged glove and to get a replacement.

Weather the extra time that Dundee bought his badly shaken boxer made the difference or not, Clay came out to finish matters in the 5th round and did so in brutal fashion.

Cooper dined out for the rest of his days on the story of the night he came close to being the only man to knockout the man that would later become known as "The Greatest."

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