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Monday, 2 May 2011

RIP Henry Cooper (former Brit Boxing Champion passed away age 76.)


As a kid, I remember Henry Cooper. He was our boxing heavy weight in the retro 60s. He was famous for his fight against Cassius Clay (Mohamed Ali) in 1963. Henry lost the fight, but it was memorable because he knocked Clay down during the match when he caught the American world champion a good shot, or punch, or hook - I don't know the right boxing terminology for it. At this time Cassius Clay (Mohamed Ali) was and would remain one of the best boxers the world had seen. 

I was never a big boxing fan, but do remember the larger then life character of Henry Cooper and he was a school boy hero for many Brits in the 1960s. He remained a well known celebrity after his boxing career and was often on talk shows. I also remember 'The Great Smell of Brut' advert and his catch phrase was often comically repeated by us as kids in school. It was, "Yeah, yeah, yeah - splash it all over."

RIP Henry Cooper.


  












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