|‘Our Enry’ – Sir Henry Cooper
1934 ~ 2011
He was the only boxer to win the Sports personality of the year twice and was also the first boxer to be knighted by the Queen in 2000 – After a ring career spanning 17 years, he hung up his gloves in March 1971 after his controversial loss to a young Joe Bugner. Sir Henry went onto comment on the sport for over 20 years and also had his own boxing TV show ‘Henry Coopers Golden Belt’ where amateur prospects would get primetime tv coverage under the guidance of the big man.
Sir Henry is survived by his two sons Henry Marco and John Pietro.
British boxing will always remember and hold a special place for Sir Henry Cooper – R.I.P
Thank you for the memories Mr Cooper you will never be forgotten and will hold a very special place in boxing and in the hearts and minds of those you touched and influenced, may you rest in peace. – Chris Maylett, BritishBoxers editor.
Boxing promoter Frank Warren told BBC Sport radio. “He was a true gentleman and he epitomised true British grit, that’s why the public took to him. – He never won the title but he won every one’s heart and affections because of the spirit he had.”
Barry Hearn from Matchroom sport said. “It’s obviously very sad. Henry was the nation’s favourite boxer and no-one will forget the punch that knocked over Cassius Clay.
“It was probably the most famous punch every thrown in a British boxing ring. That will live in every one’s minds for ever. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.
“Henry had some great contests, some great English fight nights and he became every ones favourite boxer. He was the eptimomy of British sportsmanship. He will be missed and I will always have fond memories of a great British heavyweight.”
Chris Eubank former world champion said. “I’m the type of person who looks at a man’s behaviour. It inspired me that Henry Cooper was loved by the public, and I wanted the same. There are many world champions who did not have the respect which he garnered. A world championship belt is one thing – it’s a symbol. A lot of people mistake having a belt for being a champion, when in fact it is winning the heart of the people. Henry Cooper behaved as a champion which is why he was a champion of the people.”
US boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya said. “On behalf of my family and myself I want to extend my condolences to the Cooper family and the entire British boxing community who loved him.”
Former five time world champion Zab Judah said. “On behalf of me and my family. We send our condolences to the Cooper family my GOD BLESS Him in Heaven..”
Adam Smith head of boxing at SkySports said. “Tragic news tonight that Henry Cooper has passed away. Legend.”
Dave Coldwell boxing trainer. “Just heard that Sir Henry Cooper has died. Sad news, RIP Champ.”
Friends of British boxers also leave their tributes to Sir Henry..
Sarah Clearie ‘R.I.P. Henry.You are a true legend.’
Scott Yates ‘rip to a great boxer god bless henry x x’
Sharon Ann Black ‘RIP Henry x’
Kirky Adrian Kirkbride ‘RiP a British & World legend of Boxing, this Country & the Boxing world will miss you! ‘ – Kirky
Rob Beniest ‘Respect. R.I.P’
Simon Moore ‘rip henry’
Leigh Mavin ‘A true British boxing legend RIP Sir Henry’
Mick Too-funky Oakden ‘R.I.P our Enery a true peoples champion’
Paul Rigby ‘Legend u’ll live 4 ever our Henry RIP SIR HENRY GONE BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN’
Howard Winstone ‘My dads friend rip champ x’
Kerry Titchner ‘Our Enry R.I.P true legend xxx’
Nick Boycott ‘R.I.P. Sir Henry Cooper. Gentleman and British Boxing Legend!
Tyler Doe ‘r.i.p Henry Cooper inspiration no matter how cut up you are or when your down to keep going.legend’
Leigh Mavin ’10 seconds earlier in the round and boxing history could be a lot different Enrys Ammer nearly had him’
Danny Harbut ‘Rip legend’
Donald Stewart ‘One of boxings true gentleman’
Brian Dugy Douglas ‘One of British boxing’s greatest”splash it all over” rip Henry’
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