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On This Day: Henry Cooper dropped Muhammad Ali at Wembley Stadium

The original Boxing News ringside report from when Henry Cooper met Cassius Clay, as Muhammad Ali was then known on June 18, 1963
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CASSIUS Marcellus Clay, the 21-year-old American, known as the Louisville Lip, the Louisville Loudmouth, Gorgeous Cassius, self-described as the handsomest, greatest heavyweight of all time, correctly prophesied the round in which he would defeat Henry Cooper on the famous Cup Final pitch.

But Henry did not FALL in five, as Cassius had predicted. London referee, Tommy Little, rightly intervened because Cooper’s eye, which was cut in the second round, was gradually aggravated and could not be repaired.

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