BRIAN LONDON of Blackpool was the first post-war Briton to fight twice for the heavyweight championship of the world. The first was a 1959 11th round knockout defeat to the then champion Floyd Patterson, at the Fairgrounds Coliseum in Indianapolis, Indiana. The second was against Muhammad Ali for his world title at Earls Court Arena in London on August 6, 1966.
COMING into this fight Ali had just recorded his second stoppage victory over British fan favourite Henry Cooper at Arsenal’s Highbury Stadium. A bad cut over Cooper’s eye meant the bout was stopped in the sixth round.
LONDON however had been beaten three times by Copper. The first meeting of the three ended with a first round TKO victory for Cooper. The other two were point’s defeats over 15 rounds, because of this it was no surprise Ali was a 15-to-1 betting favourite going into the fight.