Muhammad Ali vs. Henry Cooper (2nd meeting)

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1966-05-21 : Muhammad Ali 201½ lbs beat Henry Cooper 188 lbs by TKO at 1:38 in round 6 of 15

  • Location: Arsenal Football Stadium, Highbury, London, United Kingdom
  • Referee: George Smith

Notes

  • At 201½ pounds, Ali was at his lightest ever weight for a title fight.
  • 46,000 fans attended the fight.
  • This was England's first world heavyweight title fight in 58 years.
  • The Associated Pres scored the first two rounds for Cooper, called the third even, and gave Ali the fourth and fifth.
  • The fight was stopped due to a cut over Cooper's left eye, which Ali opened early in the sixth round. The cut required 16 stitches. Sports Illustrated reported that Ali landed "a short, chopping right hand onto Cooper's left brow. The blood shot out at once. Cooper did not merely bleed, he gushed. The cut opened above and slightly to the side of the brow, near the small artery at the temple, and both fighters were immediately splashed with blood."
  • Cooper claimed the cut was opened by an accidental clash of heads.

Pre-Fight Quote

  • "I'll tell Henry Cooper, he's watching this show, to come to the fight and be ready to fight because I'm coming to get you. I'm coming to London to get you. And after I'm through beating him, I think he'll have to join The Beatles and be a singer. I'm coming to get you, Henry. I don't like the way you knocked me down the last time. No man knocks me down and gets away with it, so you be ready for it, you hear? Be ready because I'm coming to get you. Now you go home and tell him that. I'm not joking." - Ali on British TV