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Video: British boxing legend Cooper dies aged 76

Dean Gray in London

Published 02/05/2011 | 05:00

Henry Cooper. Photo: PA
Henry Cooper. Photo: PA

BRITISH boxing legend Henry Cooper, pictured, has died at the age of 76 at his son's house at Oxted in Surrey.

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The former English, Commonwealth and European heavyweight champion fought 55 times and is famous for his knockdown of Muhammad Ali in 1963.

London-born Cooper, who won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year twice, was knighted in 2000.

Alongside Frank Bruno, Tommy Farr and Lennox Lewis, Cooper is regarded as one of the best British heavyweights.

Despite enjoying a hugely successful career, he never won a world title and retired in 1971 after losing to Joe Bugner.

Last night Colin Hart, sports journalist and good friend of Cooper, paid tribute to the former boxer on Sky News.

"I'm not shocked he died, sadly, because I saw him deteriorate over the years as he got quite ill. He wasn't the same after the death of his wife (Albina). He died of a broken heart."

Alongside Frank Bruno, Tommy Farr and Lennox Lewis, Cooper is considered one of the best all-time British boxers.

Despite enjoying a hugely successful career, he never won a world title and retired in 1971 after losing to Joe Bugner.

Cooper is best remembered though for his two famous clashes with Ali in the 1960s.

He floored Ali in the fourth round with 'Enry's Ammer' -- his trademark left hook -- but Ali eventually won the 1963 non-title fight at Wembley.

Ali later said that Cooper "had hit him so hard that his ancestors in Africa felt it".

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