Muhammad Ali vs. Jean-Pierre Coopman original fight pennant, 1976


Contested at the Coliseo Roberto Clemente in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Ali’s fifth round knockout of Coopman also marked his fifth successful heavyweight title defense. In an effort to brush off the pre-match punditry, Coopman’s trainer, Charles de Jager, had claimed that the Belgian would be immune from Ali’s brilliant linguistic psych-outs by virtue of not understanding them. Unfortunately for Coopman, the language barrier proved an unsuccessful deterrent to the barrage of thunderous right hooks executed squarely upon his exposed flank.

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