Boxing Memories at Verona Court

15th December, 2011

Verona Court resident Ken Callear has been reminiscing about his most prized possession: a ticket for a sensational boxing match between Mohammad Ali (formerly Cassius Clay) and Henry Cooper in 1966.


Explains 84-year-old Ken: "I've always been a boxing enthusiast and to see Ali and Cooper in the 15 round heavyweight championship fight at Arsenal Stadium, Highbury, in May 1966, was probably the most exciting match I've ever seen."

He adds: "It was sad Henry Cooper lost but I still think of Cooper as one of my favourite English boxer as well as Randolph Turpin."

When he was in the RAF in the 40s, Ken tried his hand at boxing and actually won one or two fights, but he did not carry on when he left the service to join his family's Millfields Repair Garage in Bilston where he was born. The family sold the business and opened Stonefields Garage in Bilston where he worked until his retirement.

Ken's other main interest is opera and his favourites are La Boheme and Tosca. He has been to many performances and has saved his tickets and programmes. His favourite singer was Pavarotti and he has a picture of him on the wall in his flat.

Ken says he thoroughly enjoys living at Verona Court where he takes part in many of the activities which are held there.

Picture: Verona Court manager Annette Leslie with Ken and his beloved ticket.

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