1966-05-21 Muhammad Ali w rsc 6 (15) Henry Cooper, Highbury Stadium, Finsbury Park, London, England - WBC
1966-05-21 Muhammad Ali w rsc 6 (15) Henry Cooper, Highbury Stadium, Finsbury Park, London, England - WBC. Referee: George Smith. In a return match, Cooper (188) took the fight to the champion during the first two rounds and it was only in the third that he started to come under any pressure. Round four saw Cooper continuing to attack, but at the end of the session he was shaken up by lefts and rights to the head and unable to retaliate as Ali (201½) danced away from him. Still playing a waiting game, Ali allowed Cooper to take the fight to him before slamming into him in the sixth with slashing blows that opened up a bad cut on the Englishman’s left eye. Cooper was allowed to fight on after an inspection, but with Ali firing in sturdy punches his challenger’s head, with the eye damage an obvious target, the referee stopped the fight on the 1.38 mark.