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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
26th September 1963 Born today: Lysette Anthony, London, actress (Angelique-Dark Shadows, Switch)
26th September 1961 Author Will Self was born in Finchley, North London.
26th September 1947 Born today: Graham Faulkner, London, actor (Brother Sun Sister Moon)
26th September 1926 JB Fagan's And So to Bed, premieres in London
26th September 1920 Magician Edwin Archibald Maskelyne passed away in Islington.
26th September 1907 Born today: Ralph Michael, London England, actor (Quest, Doctor in the House)
26th September 1087 The Coronation of William II in Westminster Abbey.
Sir Henry Cooper Trained Here
The gym where Henry Cooper trained before his Ali fight.
Location: 320 Old Kent Road, Walworth
Description: This is where the Thomas a Becket pub stood, and where above it, was a boxing gym famous for being the place where Sir Henry Cooper trained in the 1960s and 1970s. It was here that in 1963 he prepared for his massive match with Muhammad Ali.
Cooper became a British, Commonwealth and European Heavyweight Champion.
Henry Cooper returned here in 2008 to unveil his own blue plaque.
Cooper floored Ali in the fourth round at Wembley with 'Enry's Ammer' - his trademark left hook - but Ali eventually won the 1963 non-title fight.
Sadly, Sir Henry Cooper, beloved of British postwar generations as no heavyweight boxer before him, died aged 76 on May 1st 2011.
His warmth and indomitable personality, together with his rise from humble roots, gave him a popularity far beyond his sport's normal boundaries. He was never world champion, but his good spirits seemed to hold a gift for everyone, even for his most notable conqueror, Muhammad Ali.