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'Inside the Cover' of Henry Cooper
Henry Cooper is best remembered for the night when he nearly changed the course of boxing history. On 19 July 1963 he fought the up-and-coming Cassius Clay, later to become Muhammad Ali, and his famous left hook, 'Henry's Hammer', dumped Clay on the canvas, raising the biggest cheer in boxing history.
Henry went on to record many notable victories. Arguably Britain's greatest ever heavyweight fighter, he won 40 of his 55 professional fights, beating most of the true boxing greats. His story also brings in the legendary names of boxing: Rocky Marciano, Floyd Patterson, Sonny Liston, Joe Louis, Sugar Ray Robinson, and, of course, Ali.
Boxing was not the end of Henry's time in the public eye. He was the ideal elder statesman of the sport, and a successful media career followed his retirement in 1971. Disaster hit, however, when his innocent involvement in the scandal of the Lloyd's names meant that he lost heavily, and had to sell oft his unique collection of three Lonsdale belts to pay his bills. He was awarded a knighthood in the millennium New Year's honours list for his services to boxing.
The biography of a fascinating man, and even more, an insight into an age now lost to us, this is one of the essential sports books of the year.
Robert Edwards is the acclaimed biographer of racing legend Stirling Moss, and in this book, Henry Cooper's first ever authorised biography, Edwards will offset Henry's life and fight career against the broader story of the development of British heavyweights, and the history of boxing from the Marquis of Queensberry right up to the present day.
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