Muhammad Ali leads Henry Cooper tributes

May 2nd, 2011 by James Barnes

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali has led the tributes to Sir Henry Cooper following the British Heavyweight’s death at the age of 76

Former world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali said: “I am at a loss for words over the death of my friend.

“Henry always had a smile for me; a warm and embracing smile. It was always a pleasure being in Henry’s company.

“I will miss my old friend. He was a great fighter and a gentleman.”

Britain’s newest boxing star, WBA heavyweight champion David Haye, also said Cooper contributed to his success.

“He was at all the charity dinners and what-not and we’d talk to each other and he’d give me advice and wish me luck, give me his opinion on what he thought I should do and it was always sound advice.” Said Haye.

“He’d let you know his opinion – whether you wanted to hear it or not! – and I believe the advice he’s given me over the years is working out because I’m now the heavyweight champion of the world.”

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