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British boxing legend Sir Henry Cooper dies aged 76
11 : 11 AM - 02/05/2011

London, May 2 (BNA) -- Heavyweight boxing legend Sir Henry Cooper has died at the age of 76 at his son's house in Oxted, Surrey.

The former British, Commonwealth and European champion fought 55 times and is revered for his 1963 knockdown of Muhammad Ali - then Cassius Clay.

In a statement, Ali said he would miss his "old friend", calling him "a great fighter and a gentleman", BBC reported.

London-born Cooper, who won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award twice, was knighted in 2000.

Alongside Frank Bruno, Tommy Farr and Lennox Lewis, Cooper is considered one of the great British heavyweights.


BNA 0653 GMT 2011/05/02

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