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The world's greatest ground? A photographic centenary celebration of Highbury

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19. Fight to the finish

 
On 21 May 1966, Highbury hosted a world heavyweight title fight between Henry Cooper and world champion Muhammad Ali.
 
Around 40,000 spectators crowded round the ring, erected in the middle of the pitch, to see if Lambeth-born 32-year-old Cooper could stop the 24-year-old champ, but the referee stopped the fight in the sixth round with Cooper suffering a deep gash over his left eye.
 
Impressed with the facilities in the East Stand, Cooper was moved to comment that "these footballers have got it cushty…"    
 

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