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Ezzard Charles Part 2: Clashing with Jersey Joe and Rocky

Ezzard Charles would defend his heavyweight title twice before facing his nemesis Jersey Joe Walcott again.   Walcott was easily among the greatest defensive technicians’ the sport has ever known.  To the eyes of many, Walcott should have won the heavyweight title when he lost a controversial split decision to Joe Louis in 1947.  The bout would be the second time both Charles and Walcott would square off.  Charles would win the second bout in a more dominant fashion by winning virtually every round, he also had Walcott almost out for the count in the ninth round after the referee counted to nine after a knockdown.

Charles would fight Walcott a third time and this time the outcome will be very different. Walcott would catch Charles with a perfectly executed left hook that would drop Charles face first to the canvas.  Charles would valiantly get up, but crash again to the canvas prompting referee Buck McTiernan to stop the contest in the seventh round.  Charles would win his next three matches to set up a fourth match with Walcott.  The fourth would be the most competitive match in the series since their first match.  However, the outcome would be different as Walcott would be the victor this time.   Charles would lose his next match with Rex Layne prompted many to believe that Charles at 31-years-old was now past his prime.   This was a half-truth as Charles would go on to win 11 of his next 13 matches and get a crack at the heavyweight title against Rocky Marciano in 1954.  

Ezzard Charles Part 2: Clashing with Jersey Joe and Rocky

Ezzard Charles would defend his heavyweight title twice before facing his nemesis Jersey Joe Walcott again.   Walcott was easily among the greatest defensive technicians’ the sport has ever known.  To the eyes of many, Walcott should have won the heavyweight title when he lost a controversial split decision to Joe Louis in 1947.  The bout would be the second time both Charles and Walcott would square off.  Charles would win the second bout in a more dominant fashion by winning virtually every round, he also had Walcott almost out for the count in the ninth round after the referee counted to nine after a knockdown.

Charles would fight Walcott a third time and this time the outcome will be very different. Walcott would catch Charles with a perfectly executed left hook that would drop Charles face first to the canvas.  Charles would valiantly get up, but crash again to the canvas prompting referee Buck McTiernan to stop the contest in the seventh round.  Charles would win his next three matches to set up a fourth match with Walcott.  The fourth would be the most competitive match in the series since their first match.  However, the outcome would be different as Walcott would be the victor this time.   Charles would lose his next match with Rex Layne prompted many to believe that Charles at 31-years-old was now past his prime.   This was a half-truth as Charles would go on to win 11 of his next 13 matches and get a crack at the heavyweight title against Rocky Marciano in 1954.  

Ezzard Charles Part 2: Clashing with Jersey Joe and Rocky

Ezzard Charles would defend his heavyweight title twice before facing his nemesis Jersey Joe Walcott again.   Walcott was easily among the greatest defensive technicians’ the sport has ever known.  To the eyes of many, Walcott should have won the heavyweight title when he lost a controversial split decision to Joe Louis in 1947.  The bout would be the second time both Charles and Walcott would square off.  Charles would win the second bout in a more dominant fashion by winning virtually every round, he also had Walcott almost out for the count in the ninth round after the referee counted to nine after a knockdown.

Charles would fight Walcott a third time and this time the outcome will be very different. Walcott would catch Charles with a perfectly executed left hook that would drop Charles face first to the canvas.  Charles would valiantly get up, but crash again to the canvas prompting referee Buck McTiernan to stop the contest in the seventh round.  Charles would win his next three matches to set up a fourth match with Walcott.  The fourth would be the most competitive match in the series since their first match.  However, the outcome would be different as Walcott would be the victor this time.   Charles would lose his next match with Rex Layne prompted many to believe that Charles at 31-years-old was now past his prime.   This was a half-truth as Charles would go on to win 11 of his next 13 matches and get a crack at the heavyweight title against Rocky Marciano in 1954.  

Ezzard Charles Part 2: Clashing with Jersey Joe and Rocky

Ezzard Charles would defend his heavyweight title twice before facing his nemesis Jersey Joe Walcott again.   Walcott was easily among the greatest defensive technicians’ the sport has ever known.  To the eyes of many, Walcott should have won the heavyweight title when he lost a controversial split decision to Joe Louis in 1947.  The bout would be the second time both Charles and Walcott would square off.  Charles would win the second bout in a more dominant fashion by winning virtually every round, he also had Walcott almost out for the count in the ninth round after the referee counted to nine after a knockdown.

Charles would fight Walcott a third time and this time the outcome will be very different. Walcott would catch Charles with a perfectly executed left hook that would drop Charles face first to the canvas.  Charles would valiantly get up, but crash again to the canvas prompting referee Buck McTiernan to stop the contest in the seventh round.  Charles would win his next three matches to set up a fourth match with Walcott.  The fourth would be the most competitive match in the series since their first match.  However, the outcome would be different as Walcott would be the victor this time.   Charles would lose his next match with Rex Layne prompted many to believe that Charles at 31-years-old was now past his prime.   This was a half-truth as Charles would go on to win 11 of his next 13 matches and get a crack at the heavyweight title against Rocky Marciano in 1954.  

Ezzard Charles Part 2: Clashing with Jersey Joe and Rocky

Ezzard Charles would defend his heavyweight title twice before facing his nemesis Jersey Joe Walcott again.   Walcott was easily among the greatest defensive technicians’ the sport has ever known.  To the eyes of many, Walcott should have won the heavyweight title when he lost a controversial split decision to Joe Louis in 1947.  The bout would be the second time both Charles and Walcott would square off.  Charles would win the second bout in a more dominant fashion by winning virtually every round, he also had Walcott almost out for the count in the ninth round after the referee counted to nine after a knockdown.

Charles would fight Walcott a third time and this time the outcome will be very different. Walcott would catch Charles with a perfectly executed left hook that would drop Charles face first to the canvas.  Charles would valiantly get up, but crash again to the canvas prompting referee Buck McTiernan to stop the contest in the seventh round.  Charles would win his next three matches to set up a fourth match with Walcott.  The fourth would be the most competitive match in the series since their first match.  However, the outcome would be different as Walcott would be the victor this time.   Charles would lose his next match with Rex Layne prompted many to believe that Charles at 31-years-old was now past his prime.   This was a half-truth as Charles would go on to win 11 of his next 13 matches and get a crack at the heavyweight title against Rocky Marciano in 1954.  

Ezzard Charles Part 1 of 2: Cobra’s Triumph and Tragedy

Ezzard Charles (93-25-1 52 KO’s) was born on July 7, 1921 in Lawrenceville, GA. He would move to Cincinnati at the age of nine where he would be raised primarily by his grandmother and great-grandmother. Charles started to box in his teenage years as an amateur. The fighter who would be known as the “Cincinnati Cobra” would go 42-0 as an amateur and win the AAU National middleweight title in 1939. He fought as low as a featherweight as an amateur and could have fought professionally as a welterweight if he had turned professional earlier.

Charles would fight near his native Cincinnati and win his first 15 bouts. Charles first major name in his resume was Charles Burley. It wouldn’t be far fetched to believe that a fighter with the raw talent that Ezzard Charles would easily be a quintuple champion today with seventeen weight classes and four major sanctioning bodies. Charles fought professional from a weight range of 157-204 pounds which encompasses five divisions. Charles would be regarded by many as the greatest light heavyweight of all time and defeat notable hall of fame fighters Archie Moore, Joe Louis, Charley Burey, Joey Maxim, and Jersey Joe Walcott. In total, Charles would defeat 10 future boxing hall of famers.

Ezzard Charles Part 1 of 2: Cobra’s Triumph and Tragedy

Ezzard Charles (93-25-1 52 KO’s) was born on July 7, 1921 in Lawrenceville, GA. He would move to Cincinnati at the age of nine where he would be raised primarily by his grandmother and great-grandmother. Charles started to box in his teenage years as an amateur. The fighter who would be known as the “Cincinnati Cobra” would go 42-0 as an amateur and win the AAU National middleweight title in 1939. He fought as low as a featherweight as an amateur and could have fought professionally as a welterweight if he had turned professional earlier.

Charles would fight near his native Cincinnati and win his first 15 bouts. Charles first major name in his resume was Charles Burley. It wouldn’t be far fetched to believe that a fighter with the raw talent that Ezzard Charles would easily be a quintuple champion today with seventeen weight classes and four major sanctioning bodies. Charles fought professional from a weight range of 157-204 pounds which encompasses five divisions. Charles would be regarded by many as the greatest light heavyweight of all time and defeat notable hall of fame fighters Archie Moore, Joe Louis, Charley Burey, Joey Maxim, and Jersey Joe Walcott. In total, Charles would defeat 10 future boxing hall of famers.

Ezzard Charles Part 1 of 2: Cobra’s Triumph and Tragedy

Ezzard Charles (93-25-1 52 KO’s) was born on July 7, 1921 in Lawrenceville, GA. He would move to Cincinnati at the age of nine where he would be raised primarily by his grandmother and great-grandmother. Charles started to box in his teenage years as an amateur. The fighter who would be known as the “Cincinnati Cobra” would go 42-0 as an amateur and win the AAU National middleweight title in 1939. He fought as low as a featherweight as an amateur and could have fought professionally as a welterweight if he had turned professional earlier.

Charles would fight near his native Cincinnati and win his first 15 bouts. Charles first major name in his resume was Charles Burley. It wouldn’t be far fetched to believe that a fighter with the raw talent that Ezzard Charles would easily be a quintuple champion today with seventeen weight classes and four major sanctioning bodies. Charles fought professional from a weight range of 157-204 pounds which encompasses five divisions. Charles would be regarded by many as the greatest light heavyweight of all time and defeat notable hall of fame fighters Archie Moore, Joe Louis, Charley Burey, Joey Maxim, and Jersey Joe Walcott. In total, Charles would defeat 10 future boxing hall of famers.

Ezzard Charles Part 1 of 2: Cobra’s Triumph and Tragedy

Ezzard Charles (93-25-1 52 KO’s) was born on July 7, 1921 in Lawrenceville, GA. He would move to Cincinnati at the age of nine where he would be raised primarily by his grandmother and great-grandmother. Charles started to box in his teenage years as an amateur. The fighter who would be known as the “Cincinnati Cobra” would go 42-0 as an amateur and win the AAU National middleweight title in 1939. He fought as low as a featherweight as an amateur and could have fought professionally as a welterweight if he had turned professional earlier.

Charles would fight near his native Cincinnati and win his first 15 bouts. Charles first major name in his resume was Charles Burley. It wouldn’t be far fetched to believe that a fighter with the raw talent that Ezzard Charles would easily be a quintuple champion today with seventeen weight classes and four major sanctioning bodies. Charles fought professional from a weight range of 157-204 pounds which encompasses five divisions. Charles would be regarded by many as the greatest light heavyweight of all time and defeat notable hall of fame fighters Archie Moore, Joe Louis, Charley Burey, Joey Maxim, and Jersey Joe Walcott. In total, Charles would defeat 10 future boxing hall of famers.

Ezzard Charles Part 1 of 2: Cobra’s Triumph and Tragedy

Ezzard Charles (93-25-1 52 KO’s) was born on July 7, 1921 in Lawrenceville, GA. He would move to Cincinnati at the age of nine where he would be raised primarily by his grandmother and great-grandmother. Charles started to box in his teenage years as an amateur. The fighter who would be known as the “Cincinnati Cobra” would go 42-0 as an amateur and win the AAU National middleweight title in 1939. He fought as low as a featherweight as an amateur and could have fought professionally as a welterweight if he had turned professional earlier.

Charles would fight near his native Cincinnati and win his first 15 bouts. Charles first major name in his resume was Charles Burley. It wouldn’t be far fetched to believe that a fighter with the raw talent that Ezzard Charles would easily be a quintuple champion today with seventeen weight classes and four major sanctioning bodies. Charles fought professional from a weight range of 157-204 pounds which encompasses five divisions. Charles would be regarded by many as the greatest light heavyweight of all time and defeat notable hall of fame fighters Archie Moore, Joe Louis, Charley Burey, Joey Maxim, and Jersey Joe Walcott. In total, Charles would defeat 10 future boxing hall of famers.

Ezzard Suffers 1st Knockout Loss and Maxim Gets Revenge

March 31 1943

Before a crowd of 10,537 and a reported gate of $23,650 at the Arena in Cleveland Ohio, The Cincinnati Cobra Ezzard Charles would suffer his first loss by knockout at the hands of Murderers’ Row member Lloyd Marshall. The Co-main event also saw Joey Maxim reverse the only knockout loss of his career by way of a lopsided unanimous decision over Rival Curtis “Hatchetman” Sheppard.

Ezzard Suffers 1st Knockout Loss and Maxim Gets Revenge

March 31 1943

Before a crowd of 10,537 and a reported gate of $23,650 at the Arena in Cleveland Ohio, The Cincinnati Cobra Ezzard Charles would suffer his first loss by knockout at the hands of Murderers’ Row member Lloyd Marshall. The Co-main event also saw Joey Maxim reverse the only knockout loss of his career by way of a lopsided unanimous decision over Rival Curtis “Hatchetman” Sheppard.

Ezzard Suffers 1st Knockout Loss and Maxim Gets Revenge

March 31 1943

Before a crowd of 10,537 and a reported gate of $23,650 at the Arena in Cleveland Ohio, The Cincinnati Cobra Ezzard Charles would suffer his first loss by knockout at the hands of Murderers’ Row member Lloyd Marshall. The Co-main event also saw Joey Maxim reverse the only knockout loss of his career by way of a lopsided unanimous decision over Rival Curtis “Hatchetman” Sheppard.

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