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Brian London

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Brian London
London fighting Muhammad Ali in 1966
Real nameBrian Sydney Harper
Nickname(s)The Blackpool Rock
The British Bulldog
Rated atHeavyweight
Born(1934-06-19)19 June 1934
West Hartlepool, County Durham, England
Died23 June 2021(2021-06-23) (aged 87)
Boxing record
Total fights58
Wins by KO26

Brian Sidney Harper (19 June 1934 – 23 June 2021), known professionally as Brian London, was an English professional boxer who competed from 1955 to 1970.[1]

Career[change | change source]

He held the British and Commonwealth heavyweight title from 1958 to 1959, and twice challenged for the world heavyweight title, losing to Floyd Patterson in 1959 and Muhammad Ali in 1966, both times via knockout. He was one of a quartet of British boxers, with Henry Cooper, Joe Erskine, and Dick Richardson, who dominated the British boxing scene throughout the 1950s and 1960s. Following a long illness, he died on June 23, 2021, four days after his 87th birthday.

References[change | change source]

  1. Mee, Bob (8 December 2005). "Fight night in great tradition". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 5 May 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2008.