Sunday 4 December 2016

Cooper wasn't first to floor Ali

Published 15/05/2011 | 05:00

Sir -- In your obituary of boxer Henry Cooper (Sunday Independent, May 8) you credited him as being the first opponent to floor Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay). However, I believe this honour belongs to a fighter called Lucien 'Sonny' Banks who floored him in the first round of their fight on February 10, 1962 in New York.

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It was Clay and Ali's 11th professional outing. Video clips of the fight can be found on youtube.com. Banks died in 1965 following a ninth-round defeat in a bout in Philadelphia.

Paddy Airlie,

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