"Well madam, have you looked in the mirror and seen the state of your nose? Boxing is my excuse. What's yours?"-Henry Cooper

Former British, Commonwealth and European Heavyweight Champion Henry Cooper (40-14-1, 27) may have been best known for flattening Cassius Clay back in 1963 but the hard hitting fighter also knew how to throw verbal jabs with the best of them. After having the state of his nose questioned by Baroness Edith Summerskill (who was very anti-boxing) he replied with the beautiful counter above.

The popular Cooper fought almost everyone of note in the 1950's and 1960's including Floyd Patterson, Muhammad Ali, Ingemar Johansson, Zora Folley and Karl Mildenberger (amongst others) in a career that spanned 1954-1971. Sadly Cooper passed away last year aged 76.



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