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Brian London dead aged 87: British boxer, who fought Muhammad Ali for world heavyweight title in 1966, passes away


BRITISH boxer Brian London, who challenged Muhammad Ali for the world heavyweight title in 1966, has died aged 87.

The former heavyweight fought Ali just days after England had won the World Cup at Wembley, but was beaten in the third round.

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Brian London in his 1966 fight with Muhammad Ali[/caption]

London, known as ‘The Blackpool Rock’ during his career, also has memorable fights against Henry Cooper and Floyd Paterson.

His father was former British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion Jack London, who later became his fighting inspiration.

London was encouraged to start boxing while doing national service with the RAF, after an officer found out about his famous dad.

The X finished his career with 36 wins, 20 losses and one draw, fighting for the world title twice.

Firstly against Paterson, taking the American into round 11 in 1959, before facing Ali seven years later.

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