This day in history: Mohammed Ali brutally beat Henry Cooper

Mohammed Ali brutally beat Henry Cooper

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57 years ago, on June 18, 1963, the 21-year-old Cassius Clay (Mohammed Ali), in his 19th professional match, met the 29-year-old Henry Cooper (27 (18) -8 (5) -1).


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The fight took place at the London Wembley Stadium.


Which has accommodated 35 thousand spectators. At the weigh-in, Cassius Clay said: “You have a Queen, you need a King. I am the King!” Cassius Clay entered the ring in a purple-gold crown and the inscription on his robe – “The Greatest.”

From the first second, Cooper rushed at Cassius Clay, and acted unusually aggressive and assertive, constantly throwing his famous long hook. After one of the hits, Clay had nosebleeds. Cooper clearly won the first round, and the crowd went crazy with that.

In the fourth round, a few seconds before the gong, Cooper sent Clay to a heavy knockdown. To get more time to recover, Clay’s seconds went to the trick – in between rounds, they tore Clay’s glove. Since they did not have spare gloves, one of the seconds went after them into the locker room. Thus, Cassius received extra time to recover.

In the fifth, Clay came to his senses and began to simply beat Henry Cooper, adding blows from his right hand to his exact jabs. It was as if Cooper was not beaten with his hand, but with a stick. Finally, the referee saw that Clay had turned the left side of Cooper’s face into a bloody mess, and stopped the fight. As predicted by Cassius Clay, at around 2:15 of the fifth round, the fight was stopped. Clay raised both hands and solemnly defiled in the ring.

After the fight, Jack Nylon, manager of world champion Sonny Liston, went to the locker room and said: “I flew 3,000 miles to say we are ready.”


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