Cooper's Corner

Cooper's Corner

The London Ex Boxers Association are seeking to raise the funds to erect a statue of Sir Henry Cooper in Bellingham.

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The members of the London Ex Boxers Association are seeking to raise the funds to erect a statue of Sir Henry Cooper in the Bellingham where he grew up and did some early training. The statue is intended to celebrate and recognise not only Sir Henry’s boxing career but also his tireless charity work, paying respect and recognition to the man he was: humble, generous and giving.

We are intending that this statue will honour the man he was, act as a role model for young people and become a local landmark. The statue will be erected on a prominent corner site and we are hoping that in time it will become known as Cooper’s Corner.

The statue is being produced and designed by renowned sculpture Carl Payne. This was agreed out of mutual respect for Sir Henry after he unveiled Carl’s statue of Randolph Turpin, once again showcasing Sir Henry’s class and genuine nature. Be sure to look further into Carl Payne’s work here:

We feel that this is a fitting tribute and respectful way to honour a great man. Born in 1934 Henry became a successful boxer wining ABA titles and then going on to represent his country in the 1952 Olympic Games. As a professional he was Britain’s longest reigning British Champion holding the title for 10 years - winner of three Lonsdale belts as well as being British Empire and European Champion. Another pinnacle highlight of his professional career was his World famous match with Muhammad Ali which has gone down as one of the greatest boxing moments in history.

Due to his successful career and charity work Sir Henry received an OBE in 1969 and was then knighted in 2000 for his great contribution to several charities.   

We feel this statue will act as an influential role model for generations and will leave a legacy of values and honour that Sir Henry lived by.

In the Boxing Fraternity we all think of Sir Henry as a Boxer and a Champion but we forget that he stopped boxing 40 years ago and since then has worked tirelessly for several charities. Sir Henry always had time for everyone, he never failed to sign an autograph and he always said “if it makes someone happy, where’s the harm and if it raises money for charity - Great”.

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