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Boxers in bid to honour legend Henry Cooper

Henry Cooper's funeral at the Corpus Christie Church, Tonbridge
Henry Cooper's funeral at the Corpus Christie Church, Tonbridge

A campaign has been launched for a statue to mark boxing legend Henry Cooper's career.

Members of the London Ex Boxers Association hope to raise £60,000 for the statue to honour the ex-European champ, who fought Muhammad Ali in 1966.

Henry was born in Lambeth, but lived in Hildenborough until his death in May last year.

The ex boxers association said it wanted the statue "not only for what he achieved in boxing but for the great contribution he made to many charities and more important as an example to our young people."

Southwark council has agreed to site a statue in the Old Kent Road, facing the famous Thomas A-Beckett pub where Sir Henry did all his training.

Henry Cooper
Henry Cooper

It comes after the stars turned out to pay their last respects to a boxing legend last year (see above).

Famous names including boxer Barry McGuigan, World cup winning footballer Bobby Charlton, Bruce Forsyth and soccer star Kevin Keegan turned out for heavyweight's Henry Cooper's big send-off.

Mourners also lined the streets to pay their respects to Sir Henry before the funeral at Corpus Christi Church, in Tonbridge.

Donations to pay for the statue are welcomed by the committee, which includes Sir Henry's sons. Anyone interested in giving cash can contact

members@londonexboxers.org.uk

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