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Ron Cooper

born: 02/05/1928, Poplar, London

Fight History
15 (KO's 4)
Divisions fought in

One the finest amateur boxers of his generation. Winning the ABA light-weight title in 1948 earned him a place in the 1948 Olympic team. Shortly after the Olympics Ron's father died leaving him with the task to support his mother. The best way Ron could do was by turning professional. Although his professional career got off to bad start, losing to Ted Ansell in Birkenhead to a first round KO in August 1948, he soon got into his stride and remained unbeaten in his next 15 contests. His 17th contest was against the former British Featherweight Champion Al Phillips at the Empress Hall in December 1950. Phillips KO Ron in the 4th round. Ron continued boxing for another eighteen months during which time he had a further six contests, winning three and losing 2. His last contest was at the Mile End Arena on June 1950 against Ricky McCulloch whom he beat on points over six rounds. Ron is still associated with boxing training youngsters at the ...

Ron Cooper
ABA lightweight champion 1947; British lightweight representative at 1948 Olympics

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Olympic programme listing all the contests for the second round. Ronnie won his first contest but lost on points in his second.
⊕  Programme 1948 Olympics
Biographical details of both boxers from match programme.
⊕  Cooper v Phillips

⊕  Ronnie Cooper and George Day

⊕  LEBA with LOCOG and Hackney Museum management

⊕  Ronnie Cooper with 1948 Olympic torch
The Excel Centre
⊕  Excel 2011 - Olympic Boxing Trials

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⊕  Ron Cooper at the 1948 Olympics