Dimensions
71 cm x 53.5 cm (28” x 21”)
Cat. No.
KM0621
Additional Information
Muhammad Ali's first fight with Henry Cooper took place on June 18th, 1963, in front of an audience of 35,000 spectators and was the first open air fight at Wembley Stadium for 28 years. Even though Ali had a 20 pound weight and 4 1/2 reach advantage, the fight is remembered as one of only four fights when Ali was officially knocked down. Reflecting on Cooper's punch that sent him to the canvas, Ali famously quipped: "the punch Cooper hit me with, he didn't just shake me. He shook my relations back in Africa."

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Muhammad Ali vs Henry Cooper 2, 1966, On-Site Poster

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Description


A rare site poster for Muhammad Ali's second historic fight against British boxing hero, Henry Cooper, which was held on Saturday, May 21st, 1966, at Arsenal Stadium, Highbury, London. The contest, which was billed as 'The Fight Night of the Century' by promoter, Harry Levene, was for 'The Heavyweight Championship of the World' and was scheduled for a maximum of 15 three minute rounds.

The artwork showcases dynamic images of both fighters on opposite sides of the frame and features peach, yellow, black and white colour toning. It also details the ticket prices, which range from 2 to 20 guineas.

British hopes of victory were dashed, when Cooper was stopped in the sixth round by the referee due to profuse bleeding from a cut over his eye. 

The poster is tastefully framed in black lacquered wood and remains in very good vintage condition.

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