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June 18 1963
Fifty years ago this week, Henry Cooper landed the most famous punch in British boxing history, sending Muhammad Ali to the canvas. Sportswriter Norman Giller, ringside at Wembley that night, tells us the true tale.
“The fight stopped the country at the time, because Henry was much loved and everyone thought Ali – Cassius Clay, as he was – was just a braggart. Henry was actually on top in the third round, but that was when he got the cut eye.