Henry Cooper vs. Cassius Clay at Wembley Stadium
Cooper vs Clay at Wembley Stadium in will always be remembered in British boxing history.
Cassius Clay was left flat on his back by the left hook of Henry Cooper in front of 55,000 fans at Wembley in the closing seconds of the fourth round. What then followed was one of the most controversial moments ever seen in boxing. Clay’s trainer was able to delay the start to the next round by claiming Clay needed new gloves. Cooper’s moment had passed and Clay recovered his strength setting to work on a gash on Cooper’s eye until he could not fight on and Clay was awarded a technical knock out.
Clay’s trainer later admitted that he had deliberately tampered with his boxing gloves in order to buy his man more time. The up and coming Cassius Clay would go on to become the greatest heavyweight of all time, Muhummad Ali. “Cassius Clay” later to become Muhammad Ali world Heavyweight Champion, is floored by British boxer Heavyweight Champion Henry Cooper during their fight at Wembley Stadium in 1963. Despite this setback Clay went on to win, but it was the first time he had ever been floored.
Size: 320mm x 450mm (12 1/2” x 17 3/4”)