Fighter Price’s tribute to Sir Henry

File photo dated 18/6/1963 of Cassius Clay, now Muhammad Ali, being knocked down by Henry Cooper during their fight at Wembley, London.  PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday May 1, 2011. Former boxer Sir Henry Cooper has died aged 76, sources told the Press Association tonight. See PA story DEATH Cooper. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
File photo dated 18/6/1963 of Cassius Clay, now Muhammad Ali, being knocked down by Henry Cooper during their fight at Wembley, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday May 1, 2011. Former boxer Sir Henry Cooper has died aged 76, sources told the Press Association tonight. See PA story DEATH Cooper. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
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SCARBOROUGH heavyweight Danny Price has paid tribute to “legend” Sir Henry Cooper after his sad passing on Sunday.

Cooper, who knocked down Muhammad Ali during their bout in 1963, died at the age of 76 after a hugely distinguished career in the ring.

Price, who is currently aiming to push with way towards more amateur glory in the sport, said: “Sir Henry Cooper was someone I have a huge amount of respect for.

“You don’t become a Sir for nothing.

“If you look at the best English heavyweights, you have him and Lennox Lewis.

“Sunday really was a sad day for the world of boxing.”

Price is currently preparing for his own bid for world honours.

His is currently in the build-up to the European Championships, which take place in Turkey in June and then the World Championships.

The worlds, which go ahead in Azerbaijan in September, also double for the London 2012 Olympic Games qualifiers.

Price added: “I am boxing next week in a round-robin event in Germany, when I will be up against two German fighters and a lad from Ireland.

“It isn’t long now until the big competitions, and I can’t wait.

“I have been training on Sheffield, with fighters from Sweden and Finland, just to keep me ticking over.”