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Ezzard Charles

Titles: Heavyweight Champion from 1949-1951
    
Record: 96-25-1 (58 K.O's)
    
Born: July 7, 1921 in Lawrenceville, Georgia (USA) 
    
Years active: 1940-1959
    
Nickname: "The Cincinnati Cobra"

A very underrated heavyweight champion and many say he was a far better 
middleweight and light heavyweight. Charles can legitimately be ranked as 
the best light heavyweight of all-time. Any man who can beat Archie Moore 
and Joey maxim three times must be considered a great. Like many before 
him he just could not beat his nemesis Rocky Marciano! A look at his record 
shows 13 of his losses came in his last 23 fights. Actually Charles was a 
terrific boxer and his contemporaries say he was better than Louis as far 
as accuracy goes, and a hard puncher who could take as well as he gave. At 
light heavyweight where he probably peaked as a boxer Charles fought all-
time light heavyweight king Archie Moore 3 times winning all 3 and also 
defeated Joey Maxim 5 times. Charley Burley, Anton Christoforidis, and 
Teddy Yaroz all fell to him at light heavyweight. At heavyweight Charles 
won the crown by defeating Jersey Joe Walcott after Louis had retired, 
leaving the crown vacant. Ezzard may have fought his greatest fight in a 
loosing effort when he went 15 grueling rounds against Rocky Marciano in 
one of the all-time great fights. Charles fought the best heavyweights of 
the era and even in loosing efforts gave all tough fights. In my mind 
should be thought of as the "best" light heavyweight of all-time and not 
as a average Heavyweight champ.

                                   

Ezzard Charles
Career record: 96 W, 25 L, 1 D (58 K.O's)


     1940

     Mar 15  Medley Johnson          Middletown, PA          KO 3
     Mar 20  Jimmy Brown             Reading, PA             KO 2
     Mar 27  John Reeves             Cincinnati              W 6
     Apr 2   Charley Banks           Cincinnati              W 6
     Apr 10  Kid Ash                 Portsmouth, OH          KO 3
     Apr 16  Charley Banks           Cincinnati              KO 2
     Apr 24  Remo Fernandez          Cincinnati              KO 6
     May 10  Eddie Fowler            Portsmouth, OH          KO 3
     May 17  Pat Wright              Middletown, PA          KO 4
     Jun 5   Frankie Williams        Cincinnati              KO 7
     Jun 12  John Reeves             Columbus, OH            KO 4
     Jun 24  Bradley Lewis           San Francisco           KO 3
     Sep 23  Marty Simmons           Cincinnati              W 10
     Oct 3   Bill Hood               Cincinnati              KO 2
     Dec 2   Charley Jerome          Cincinnati              KO 2

     1941

     Feb 10  Billy Bengal            Cincinnati              W 10
     Feb 22  Slaka Cavrich           Cincinnati              KO 2
     Mar 10  Floyd Howard            Cincinnati              KO 7
     Mar 31  Joe Sutka               Cincinnati              W 10
     May 12  Rudy Kozole             Cincinnati              W 10
     Jun 9   Ken Overlin             Cincinnati              L 10
     Jul 21  Al Gilbert              Cincinnati              KO 6
     Oct 13  Pat Mangini             Cincinnati              KO 1
     Nov 17  Teddy Yarosz            Cincinnati              W 10

     1942

     Jan 13  Anton Christoforidis    Cincinatti              KO 3
     Mar 2   Ken Overlin             Cincinnati              D 10
     Apr 8   Billy Pryor             Cincinnati              W 10
     May 13  Evelio "Kid" Tunero     Cincinnati              L 10
     May 25  Charley Burley          Pittsburgh              W 10
     Jun 29  Charley Burley          Pittsburgh              W 10
     Jul 14  Steve Mamakos           Cincinnati              KO 1
     Jul 27  Booker Beckwith         Pittsburgh              KO 9
     Aug 17  Jose Basora             Pittsburgh              KO 5
     Sep 15  Mose Brown              Pittsburgh              KO 6
     Oct 27  Joey Maxim              Pittsburgh              W 10
     Dec 1   Joey Maxim              Cleveland               W 10

     1943

     Jan 7   Jimmy Bivins            Cleveland               L 10
     Mar 31  Lloyd Marshall          Cleveland               KO by 8

     1946

     Feb 18  Al Sheridan             Cincinnati              KO 2
     Mar 25  Tee Hubert              Cincinnati              W 10
     Apr 1   Billy Duncan            Pittsburgh              KO 4
     Apr 15  George Parks            Pittsburgh              KO 6
     May 13  Tee Hubert              Cincinnati              KO 4
     May 20  Archie Moore            Pittsburgh              W 10
     Jun 13  Shelton Bell            Youngstown, OH          KO 5
     Jul 29  Lloyd Marshall          Cincinnati              KO 6
     Sep 23  Billy Smith             Cincinnati              W 10
     Nov 12  Jimmy Bivins            Pittsburgh              W 10

     1947

     Feb 17  Billy Smith             Cincinnati              KO 5
     Mar 10  Jimmy Bivins            Cleveland               KO 4
     Apr 14  Erv Sarlin              Pittsburgh              W 10
     May 5   Archie Moore            Cincinnati              W 10
     Jul 14  Fitzie Fitzpatrick      Cincinnati              KO 5
     Jul 25  Elmer Ray               New York                L 10
     Sep 16  Joe Matisi              Buffalo                 W 10
     Sep 29  Lloyd Marshall          Cincinnati              KO 2
     Oct 16  Al Smith                Akron, OH               KO 4
     Oct 27  Clarence Jones          Huntington, WV          KO 1 
     Nov 3   Teddy Randolph          Buffalo                 W 10
     Dec 2   Fitzie Fitzpatrick      Cleveland               KO 4

     1948

     Jan 13  Archie Moore            Cleveland               KO 8
     Feb 20  Sam Baroudi             Chicago                 KO 10
     May 7   Elmer Ray               Chicago                 KO 9
     May 20  Erv Sarlin              Buffalo                 W 10
     Sep 13  Jimmy Bivins            Washington DC           W 10
     Nov 14  Walter Hafer            Cincinnati              KO 7
     Dec 10  Joe Baksi               New York                KO 11

     1949

     Feb 7   Johnny Haynes           Philadelphia            KO 8
     Feb 28  Joey Maxim              Cincinnati              W 15
     Jun 22  Jersey Joe Walcott      Chicago                 W 15
             (Wins Vacant NBA Heavyweight Title)
     Aug 10  Gus Lesnevich           New York                KO 7
             (Retains NBA Heavyweight Title)
     Oct 14  Pat Valentino           San Francisco           KO 8
             (Retains NBA Heavyweight Title)
     
     1950

     Aug 15  Freddie Beshore         Buffalo                 KO 14
             (Retains NBA Heavyweight Title)
     Sep 27  Joe Louis               New York                W 15
             (Wins World Heavyweight Title)
     Dec 5   Nick Barone             Cincinnati              KO 11
             (Retains World Heavyweight Title)

     1951

     Jan 12  Lee Oma                 New York                KO 10
             (Retains World Heavyweight Title)
     Mar 7   Jersey Joe Walcott      Detroit                 W 15
             (Retains World Heavyweight Title)
     May 30  Joey Maxim              Chicago                 W 15    
             (Retains World Heavyweight Title)
     Jul 18  Jersey Joe Walcott      Pittsburgh              KO by 7
             (Loses World Heavyweight Title)
     Oct 10  Rex Layne               Pittsburgh              KO 11
     Dec 12  Joey Maxim              San Francisco           W 12
     Dec 21  Joe Kahut               Portland, OR            KO 8

     1952

     Jun 5   Jersey Joe Walcott      Philadelphia            L 15
             (For World Heavyweight Title)
     Aug 8   Rex Layne               Ogden, UT               L 10
     Oct 8   Bernie Reynolds         Cincinnati              KO 2
     Oct 24  Cesar Brion             New York                W 10
     Nov 26  Jimmy Bivins            Chicago                 W 10
     Dec 15  Frank Buford            Boston                  KO 7

     1953

     Jan 14  Wesbury Bascom          St. Louis               KO 9
     Feb 4   Tommy Harrison          Detroit                 KO 9
     Apr 1   Rex Layne               San Francisco           W 10
     May 12  Bill Gilliam            Toledo, OH              W 10
     May 26  Larry Watson            Milwaukee               KO 5
     Aug 11  Nino Valdes             Miami Beach             L 10
     Sep 8   Harold Johnson          Philadelphia            L 10
     Dec 16  Coley Wallace           San Francisco           KO 10

     1954

     Jan 13  Bob Satterfield         Chicago                 KO 2
     Jun 17  Rocky Marciano          New York                L 15
             (For World Heavyweight Title)
     Sep 17  Rocky Marciano          New York                KO by 8
             (For World Heavyweight Title)

     1955

     Feb 18  Charley Norkus          New York                W 10
     Apr 11  Vern Escoe              Edmonton, Alberta       KO 3
     Apr 27  Johnny Holman           Miami Beach             KO by 9
     Jun 8   Johnny Holman           Cincinnati              W 10
     Jul 13  Paul Andrews            Chicago                 W 10
     Aug 3   Tommy Jackson           Syracuse, NY            L 10
     Aug 31  Tommy Jackson           Cleveland               L 10
     Nov 14  Toxie Hall              Providence              L 10
     Dec 6   Toxie Hall              Rochester, NY           W 10
     Dec 22  Bob Albright            San Francisco           W 10
     Dec 29  Young Jack Johnson      Los Angeles             KO by 6

     1956

     Apr 21  Don Jasper              Windsor, Ont.           KO 9
     May 21  Wayne Bethea            New York                L 10
     Jun 19  Bob Albright            Phoenix                 KO 7
     Jul 13  Pat McMurty             Tacoma, WA              L 10
     Aug 13  Harry "Kid" Matthews    Seattle                 L 10
     Oct 2   Dick Richardson         London                  L D.Q 2
     Dec 1   Announes Retirement

     1958

     Aug 28  Johnny Harper           Fairmont, WV            W 10
     Sep 30  Alfredo Zuany           Juarez, Mexico          L 10
     Oct 27  Donnie Freeman          Dallas                  KO by 6

     1959

     Jul 3   Dave Ashley             Cincinnati              KO 7
     Jul 30  George Logan            Boise, ID               KO by 8
     Sep 1   Alvin Green             Oklahoma City           L 10