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Local resident shares knockout memories of Our Enry

Published Friday, 06 May 2011

Local sheltered housing tenant, Ron Fowler, 81, who lives in Buckfast House was sharing his memories this week of Henry Cooper who died this week.

Ron used to know Henry from when he was a young boy in 1943 when he attended Eltham boxing club in South London, he recalls it as being a very popular club for both young children and adults. It was an old swimming pool with two boxing rings built into it.

Ron said "I was so sad to hear he had died as I remember Henry well. It was during the War and Henry would have been about 8 or 9 then. I used to spar with him, and he had a twin brother who was as good as him called Jim.

"Henry had a weak forehead and whenever he took a blow to this area he would really bleed. I was not surprised when he went professional as he was an excellent boxer, we went to watch many of his fights."

Ron boxed till he was 18 but then gave it up when he was knocked out, he also loved football too and played regularly.

To the present day he continues to coach the Enfield Rangers Under 14's football team which he has proudly done from 1974.

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