Henry Cooper is best known for his two fights against Muhammad Ali.
Cooper and Ali—then Cassius Clay—first fought at Wembley Stadium in London, England, on June 18, 1963. Cooper dropped Ali with a left hook in the final seconds of the fourth round. The start of the next round was delayed after it was discovered that Ali's right glove had been torn. When the fight resumed, Ali opened a bad cut over Cooper's left eye. Referee Tommy Little stopped the fight at 2:15 of the fifth round and awarded Ali a TKO victory.
Cooper and Ali fought again at Arsenal Football Stadium in London, England, on May 21, 1966. Ali, who entered the fight as the World Heavyweight Champion, successfully defended the title for the fourth time by stopping Cooper on a cut at 1:38 of the sixth round.
- 1952 ABA Light Heavyweight Champion. Results:
- Defeated Joe Erskine (Wales) on points.
- Defeated John McLean (Scotland) on points.
- 1952 Great Britain light heavyweight representative at the Olympic Games in Helsinki, Finland. Results:
- 1st round bye
- Lost to Anatoly Perov (Soviet Union) on points 1-2.
- 1953 ABA Light Heavyweight Champion. Results:
- Defeated T.W. George (Wales) TKO 3.
- Defeated Anthony Madigan (Australia) on points.
- Outright winner of three Lonsdale Belts (1961, 1965, 1970)
- British Boxing Board of Control Heavyweight Champion (1959-1971)
- Commonwealth (British Empire) Heavyweight Championship (1959-1971)
- European Boxing Union Heavyweight Champion (1964, 1968-1969)
Awards and Honors
- 1967: BBC Sports Personality of the Year
- 1969: The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE)
- 1970: BBC Sports Personality of the Year
- 1978: The Pontifical Equestrian Order of St. Gregory the Great (KSG)
- 2000: Knight Bachelor (KB)