Henry Cooper 1934-2011: The Authorised Biography

Overview

The story of Britain's greatest boxing hero and his famous left hook

Henry Cooper is best remembered for the night when he nearly changed the course of boxing history. On July 19, 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." Henry went on to record many notable victories. Arguably Britain's greatest ever heavyweight fighter, he ...

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Overview

The story of Britain's greatest boxing hero and his famous left hook

Henry Cooper is best remembered for the night when he nearly changed the course of boxing history. On July 19, 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." Henry went on to record many notable victories. Arguably Britain's greatest ever heavyweight fighter, he won 40 of his 55 professional fights, beating most of the true boxing greats. His story also includes the legendary names of boxing: Rocky Marciano, Floyd Patterson, Sonny Liston, Joe Louis, Sugar Ray Robinson, and, of course, Ali. 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 Lloyd's Names meant that he lost heavily, and had to sell off his unique collection of three Lonsdale belts to pay his bills. This is the biography of a fascinating man, but even more, an insight into an age now lost to us.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843589464
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/1/2012
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 2.10 (d)

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Table of Contents

Preface to the 2012 Edition xi

Introduction xv

Part 1 The Boxing Twins

Prologue 3

Chapter 1 Hard Times 19

Chapter 2 A Wartime Childhood 43

Chapter 3 Rumblings 55

Part 2 The Professional Career Of Henry Cooper

Chapter 4 'Tales of 'Offman' 71

Chapter 5 Into The Abyss 101

Chapter 6 The Comeback Kid 119

Chapter 7 A Married Man 143

Chapter 8 That Fight 163

Chapter 9 'Our ?Enery' 181

Chapter 10 Finally, Floyd Patterson 207

Chapter 11 Endgames 221

Part 3 What on Earth Does a Retired Boxer Do?

Chapter 12 Celeb 251

Professional Fight History 279

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