Joe Bugner vs. Henry Cooper

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Joe Bugner vs. Henry Cooper
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Date: 
Tuesday, March 16, 1971
Location: 
Wembley, UK
Rounds Scheduled: 
15
Referee: 
Harry Gibbs

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Fan Cards: Joe Bugner vs. Henry Cooper


scorecard by HART
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Total
JOE BUGNER
9
9
10
9
9
10
9
10
10
9
9
10
9
9
10
141
HENRY COOPER
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
9
10
10
9
10
10
9
146


scorecard by NF82
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Total
JOE BUGNER
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
9
10
10
9
9
10
146
HENRY COOPER
9
10
10
10
10
9
9
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
9
145


scorecard by MATCHROOM
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Total
JOE BUGNER
9
10
9
10
9
9
10
9
10
9
9
10
9
9
10
141
HENRY COOPER
10
9
10
9
10
10
9
10
9
10
10
9
10
10
9
144


scorecard by NARUTO
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Total
JOE BUGNER
9
10
9
10
9
9
10
9
10
9
9
10
9
9
10
141
HENRY COOPER
10
9
10
9
10
10
9
10
9
10
10
9
10
10
9
144


scorecard by CHAMPION97
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Total
JOE BUGNER
10
10
9
10
9
10
10
9
10
9
9
10
9
9
10
143
HENRY COOPER
9
9
10
9
10
9
9
10
9
10
10
9
10
10
9
142


scorecard by ENDOFME1994
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Total
JOE BUGNER
9
9
9
10
9
9
9
9
10
9
9
10
9
9
10
139
HENRY COOPER
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
9
10
10
9
146


scorecard by RORSCHACH
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Total
JOE BUGNER
9
9
9
9
9
10
10
10
10
9
9
10
9
9
10
141
HENRY COOPER
10
10
10
10
10
9
9
9
9
10
10
9
10
10
9
144


scorecard by MARTIN EDEN
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Total
JOE BUGNER
9
10
9
10
9
10
10
9
9
9
9
10
9
9
10
141
HENRY COOPER
10
9
10
10
10
9
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
146


scorecard by BOXING KNOWLEDGE
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Total
JOE BUGNER
10
9
9
10
9
9
10
10
9
9
9
10
9
9
10
141
HENRY COOPER
9
10
10
9
10
10
9
9
10
10
10
9
10
10
9
144


scorecard by CFCSONSTER
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Total
JOE BUGNER
9
10
9
9
9
10
10
9
9
9
9
10
9
9
10
140
HENRY COOPER
10
9
10
10
10
9
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
146


scorecard by CHAMPION58
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Total
JOE BUGNER
9
10
9
10
9
9
9
10
10
9
10
10
9
9
10
142
HENRY COOPER
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
9
10
10
9
9
10
10
10
146


scorecard by MIKE25
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Total
JOE BUGNER
10
10
9
10
9
9
10
9
9
9
9
10
9
9
10
141
HENRY COOPER
10
9
10
9
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
9
145


scorecard by ACERBITAS
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Total
JOE BUGNER
10
9
9
9
9
9
10
9
10
9
10
10
9
9
10
141
HENRY COOPER
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
9
10
9
9
10
10
9
145


Comments

Champion97's picture

Very close fight!
This one could have gone either way, Bugner boxed better, Cooper fought better. Bugner should have gotten more credit for boxing so well against veteran at a young age, winning the fight, battling through 15 hard rounds. It is sad for Henry Cooper, he did great in this fight, it was his last fight, he deserved to leave boxing on a high, but he was nkt robbed, and he knew it.
This should not be remembered as a bad decision.

Champion58's picture

I remember watching this fight when I was 13, and the consensus of opinion at the time was that Cooper was robbed of the decision by poor refereeing. Watching it now, some 45 years later, it is clearly a much closer fight than it was described at the time, especially The Press. I felt Cooper won the fight, but I can easily see why Harry Gibbs gave Bugner the decision, I felt sorry for Henry to lose his titles in his last fight, Bugner will always be the 'nearly man', he had the potential to be world champion, but never quite delivered on the big stage.

rorschach's picture

Never watched this fight before.

rorschach's picture

Seemed like a pretty clear 3 point win for Cooper to me.

Here is referee Gibbs scoring from his book - Box On. I've brought his scoring up to present day methods . That means when he scored a round 5 to 4.75 that is 10-9. From 1 to 15. Bugner score first. 10-9, 10-9,9-10, 10-9, 9-10, 10-9,10-10,10-10,10-9,10-10,10-10,9-10,9-10,9-10,10-9. Gibbs score was 73.75 to 73.50 meaning one round victory to Bugner. Modern scoring 145-144. I wrote a book on Cooper two years ago and studied this fight along with Gibbs' scoring and surrounding issues at the time. I believe that in an effort to appear unbiased, and in the belief Cooper would stop Bugner, Gibbs awarded early rounds to Bugner when they were close. Later on when he realised a stoppage was unlikely he started to award close rounds/Bugner rounds to Cooper!! Gibbs said himself that prior to the last round he had it even and believed the 'old timer' would have keep something in the tank and easily take the final round. To his discomfort Bugner won it convincingly!! He then had the unenviable task of giving the fight to Bugner and was never forgiven.

Champion97's picture

As I far as i'm concerned, the 'robbery' is a myth, and it was a fair decision, when you watch it back, calm, neutral, you don't see the fight you think you'll see. British boxing fans are loyall, great at supporting and spurring on their fighters, but they are also biased, and also get carried away, a lot. Same thing happened with Watson against Eubank the first time, and with Fury against Wilder last month, as time goes on, people will realise there was no 'robbery'.

I'm not british but for me fury wilder is still a robbery

Champion97's picture

Don't agree.

Hopefully the rematch happens, looks highly likely

I fear another robbery

Champion97's picture

It's not likely, there was no robbery the first time as far as I'm concerned.

I disagree

Champion97's picture

Floyd Mayweather Jr agrees with you, Bernard Hopkins agrees with me, it was an interesting fight.