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On This Day: Gallant Henry Cooper is left a bloody mess by Muhammad Ali

More than 40,000 Henry Cooper fans were left disappointed on May 21, 1966 as Muhammad Ali – or Cassius Clay as we still called him in this ringside report – retained his title in dramatic fashion
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“CLAY STILL CHAMPION – COOPER STOPPED IN SIXTH ROUND” was the headline of our original ringside report back in 1966. Here, word-by-word, is how we reported Henry Cooper’s rematch with Muhammad Ali (or Casssius Clay, as we still called him then) – this time for the world heavyweight title.

BACK into the bank strong room went the Boxing News 1,000-guinea Gold Cup after Henry Cooper’s magnificent but unsuccessful attempt to wrest the world heavyweight title from Cassius Clay on Harry Levene’s promotion at the Arsenal Football Club ground.

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