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    Destroying the myth that Britain cannot produce fighters, Henry Cooper, the usually mild mannered British and Empire Heavyweight boxing champion, stepped through the ropes at Earls Court, London, Nov 18, and unleashed a combination of vicious punches that put challenger Joe Erskine down for a short count in the first round, and two counts of seven in round twelve before winning a technical knockout with a series of short jabs and hooks that left Erskine sprawled helplessly between the ropes.

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    Destroying the myth that Britain cannot produce fighters, Henry Cooper, the usually mild mannered British and Empire Heavyweight boxing champion, stepped through the ropes at Earls Court, London, Nov 18, and unleashed a combination of vicious punches that put challenger Joe Erskine down for a short count in the first round, and two counts of seven in round twelve before winning a technical knockout with a series of short jabs and hooks that left Erskine sprawled helplessly between the ropes.

    Erskine was helpless after Cooper's two-fisted attack, and obviously out for the count. But referee Eugene Henderson stepped in immediately Erskine went down and stopped the fight. The result was therefore a technical knockout.

    Cooper and Erskine had fought each other five times over the last seven years, but never before had his fans seen the 25-year-old champion in such a vicious mood. Before the fight was two minutes old Erskine slipped on his haunches, opportunist Cooper stepped in and struck with a mighty left hook to the jaw that bounced Erskine on his rear. Rising after a short count Erskine was again tumbled with a left hook, but got up without count.

    After round three, Erskine's left eyelid was cut, and by round four his nose was bleeding profusely. Cooper's non-stop attacks gained him a cut on the left cheek, and an unbeatable total of points. Finally the sizzling round twelve climax. Cooper drove Erskine into a corner and dropped him with a left hook and a right cross. Punch racked Erskine rose unsteadily at seven, but another left hook sent him back in a heap on the canvas. Again he clambered up. This time Cooper made no mistake. He measured of and let loose a pile driving left that almost tore Erskine's head from his shoulders. The unfortunate Joe staggered back and remained draped across the lower rope until his seconds came to lift him back to his corner. It was all over.

    As officials fastened the Lonsdale Belt around his middle, Cooper said he felt he was now ready for a title bout with World Champion Ingemar Johansson.

    On the same bill Nov 18, Henry's twin brother Jim beat Alan Hands of Blackpool in the second round.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAARKVMJLL7ZI9H66Y2V49PBGB3
    Media URN:
    VLVAARKVMJLL7ZI9H66Y2V49PBGB3
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/11/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:14:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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