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Ezzard Charles boxer

Ezzard Charles image
Status inactive
Age 53
Division heavyweight
Height 6′ 0″/183cm
Reach 73″/185cm
Debut 1940-03-12
Born 1921-07-07
Death 1975-05-28
Nationality USA
Residence Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
bouts
121
won
95
lost
25
draw
1
bouts
121
won
95
lost
25
draw
1
Status inactive
Age 53
Division heavyweight
Height 6′ 0″/183cm
Reach 73″/185cm
Debut 1940-03-12
Born 1921-07-07
Death 1975-05-28
Nationality USA
Residence Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

Charles was born in Lawrenceville, Georgia, but is commonly thought of as a Cincinnatian. Charles graduated from Woodward High School in Cincinnati, Ohio where he was already becoming a well-known fighter. Known as "The Cincinnati Cobra", Charles fought many notable opponents in both the light heavyweight and heavyweight divisions, eventually winning the World Championship in the latter. Although he never won the Light Heavyweight title, The Ring has rated him as the greatest light heavyweight of all time.Charles started his career as a featherweight in the amateurs, where he had a record of 42–0. In 1938, he won the Diamond Belt Middleweight Championship. He followed this up in 1939 by winning the Chicago Golden Gloves tournament of champions. He won the national AAU Middleweight Championship in 1939. He turned pro in 1940, knocking out Melody Johnson in the fourth round. Charles won all of his first 17 fights before being defeated by veteran Ken Overlin. Victories over future Hall of Famers Teddy Yarosz and the much avoided Charley Burley had started to solidify Charles as a top contender in the middleweight division. However, he served in the U.S. military during World War II and was unable to fight professionally in 1945.

Charles was born in Lawrenceville, Georgia, but is commonly thought of as a Cincinnatian. Charles graduated from Woodward High School in Cincinnati, Ohio where he was already becoming a well-known fighter. Known as "The Cincinnati Cobra", Charles fought many notable opponents in both the light heavyweight and heavyweight divisions, eventually winning the World Championship in the latter. Although he never won the Light Heavyweight title, The Ring has rated him as the greatest light heavyweight of all time.Charles started his career as a featherweight in the amateurs, where he had a record of 42–0. In 1938, he won the Diamond Belt Middleweight Championship. He followed this up in 1939 by winning the Chicago Golden Gloves tournament of champions. He won the national AAU Middleweight Championship in 1939. He turned pro in 1940, knocking out Melody Johnson in the fourth round. Charles won all of his first 17 fights before being defeated by veteran Ken Overlin. Victories over future Hall of Famers Teddy Yarosz and the much avoided Charley Burley had started to solidify Charles as a top contender in the middleweight division. However, he served in the U.S. military during World War II and was unable to fight professionally in 1945.

Date Opponent Last Opponents' Results Place Titles Result
Sept. 1, 1959 Alvin Green WWWLLW Municipal Auditorium, Oklahoma City LOSS
Unanimous decision
July 30, 1959 George Logan WWWWWW Fairgrounds Arena, Boise LOSS
KO
July 3, 1959 Dave Ashley LLLLLW Lincoln Heights High School, Lincoln Heights WIN
Technical knockout
Oct. 27, 1958 Donnie Fleeman WWWWLW Memorial Auditorium, Dallas LOSS
KO
Sept. 30, 1958 Alfredo Zuany WWWWWW Plaza de Toros, Ciudad Juarez LOSS
Unanimous decision
Aug. 28, 1958 Johnny Harper LLWLWW East-West Stadium, Fairmont WIN
Unanimous decision
Oct. 2, 1956 Dick Richardson WWWLWW Harringay Arena, Harringay LOSS
DQ
Aug. 31, 1956 Harry Matthews WWLLWW Sicks' Stadium, Seattle LOSS
Unanimous decision
July 13, 1956 Pat McMurtry WDWWWW Lincoln Bowl, Tacoma LOSS
Unanimous decision
June 19, 1956 Bob Albright DDWWLL Softball Park, Phoenix WIN
Corner retirement
May 21, 1956 Wayne Bethea LDLWWW St. Nicholas Arena, New York LOSS
Unanimous decision
April 21, 1956 Don Jasper WLLWLW Windsor Arena, Windsor WIN
Technical knockout
Dec. 29, 1955 Young Jack Johnson WWLWWW Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles LOSS
Technical knockout
Dec. 22, 1955 Bob Albright LWDDWW Cow Palace, Daly City WIN
Split-decision
Dec. 6, 1955 Toxie Hall LLWDWW War Memorial Auditorium, Rochester WIN
Unanimous decision
Nov. 14, 1955 Toxie Hall LLLWDW Rhode Island Auditorium, Providence LOSS
Split-decision
Aug. 31, 1955 Tommy Jackson WWWWWW Arena, Cleveland LOSS
Unanimous decision
Aug. 3, 1955 Tommy Jackson WWWWWW War Memorial Auditorium, Syracuse LOSS
Unanimous decision
July 13, 1955 Paul Andrews WWLWLW Chicago Stadium, Chicago WIN
Split-decision
June 8, 1955 John Holman WLWWWW Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati WIN
Unanimous decision
April 27, 1955 John Holman LWLWWW Auditorium, Miami Beach LOSS
Technical knockout
April 11, 1955 Vern Escoe WWWWWL Edmonton Gardens, Edmonton WIN
KO
Feb. 18, 1955 Charley Norkus WWLWWW Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
Unanimous decision
Sept. 17, 1954 Rocky Marciano WWWWWW Yankee Stadium, Bronx LOSS
KO
June 17, 1954 Rocky Marciano WWWWWW Yankee Stadium, Bronx World Heavyweight

LOSS
Unanimous decision
Jan. 13, 1954 Bob Satterfield WLWWWW Chicago Stadium, Chicago WIN
KO
Dec. 16, 1953 Coley Wallace WWLWWW Civic Auditorium, San Francisco WIN
KO
Sept. 8, 1953 Harold Johnson WWWWWW Connie Mack Stadium, Philadelphia LOSS
Split-decision
Aug. 11, 1953 Nino Valdes WLLLLW Auditorium, Miami Beach LOSS
Unanimous decision
May 26, 1953 Larry Watson LLWLLW Arena, Milwaukee WIN
KO
May 12, 1953 Billy Gilliam LLWLLW Sports Arena, Toledo WIN
Unanimous decision
April 1, 1953 Rex Layne WWLWWL Winterland Arena, San Francisco WIN
Unanimous decision
Feb. 4, 1953 Tommy Harrison DWLWWW Olympia Stadium, Detroit WIN
Technical knockout
Jan. 14, 1953 Wes Bascom LLWWLL Arena, Saint Louis WIN
Technical knockout
Dec. 15, 1952 Frank Buford DLLWLW Boston Garden, Boston WIN
Technical knockout
Nov. 26, 1952 Jimmy Bivins LWWWWL Chicago Stadium, Chicago WIN
Unanimous decision
Oct. 24, 1952 Cesar Brion WWWLWW Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
Unanimous decision
Oct. 8, 1952 Bernie Reynolds LLWLWL Cincinnati Gardens, Cincinnati WIN
KO
Aug. 8, 1952 Rex Layne WLWWWL Ogden Stadium, Ogden LOSS
Points
June 5, 1952 Jersey Joe Walcott WWWLLW Municipal Stadium, Philadelphia LOSS
Unanimous decision
Dec. 21, 1951 Joe Kahut WWWWDL Pacific Livestock Pavilion, Portland WIN
KO
Dec. 12, 1951 Joey Maxim WWWWLW Cow Palace, Daly City WIN
Unanimous decision
Oct. 10, 1951 Rex Layne WWWWWL Forbes Field, Pittsburgh WIN
Technical knockout
July 18, 1951 Jersey Joe Walcott WWWWLL Forbes Field, Pittsburgh National Boxing Association World Heavyweight

LOSS
KO
May 30, 1951 Joey Maxim WWWWWW Chicago Stadium, Chicago National Boxing Association World Heavyweight

WIN
Unanimous decision
March 7, 1951 Jersey Joe Walcott WWWWWL Olympia Stadium, Detroit National Boxing Association World Heavyweight

WIN
Unanimous decision
Jan. 12, 1951 Lee Oma WWLWW Madison Square Garden, New York National Boxing Association World Heavyweight

WIN
Technical knockout
Dec. 5, 1950 Nick Barone WWWLWW Cincinnati Gardens, Cincinnati National Boxing Association World Heavyweight

WIN
KO
Sept. 27, 1950 Joe Louis WWWWWW Yankee Stadium, Bronx National Boxing Association World Heavyweight

WIN
Unanimous decision
Aug. 15, 1950 Freddie Beshore WWLWLL Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo National Boxing Association World Heavyweight

WIN
Technical knockout
Oct. 14, 1949 Pat Valentino DLDWWW Cow Palace, Daly City National Boxing Association World Heavyweight

WIN
KO
Aug. 10, 1949 Gus Lesnevich WWWLWL Yankee Stadium, Bronx National Boxing Association World Heavyweight

WIN
Corner retirement
June 22, 1949 Jersey Joe Walcott LWWWLL Comiskey Park, Chicago vacant National Boxing Association World Heavyweight

WIN
Unanimous decision
Feb. 28, 1949 Joey Maxim WWWLWW Cincinnati Gardens, Cincinnati WIN
Majority decision
Feb. 7, 1949 Johnny Haynes LLWWLW Arena, Philadelphia WIN
KO
Dec. 10, 1948 Joe Baksi WWWWLW Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
Technical knockout
Nov. 15, 1948 Walter Hafer LWLLLW Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati WIN
KO
Sept. 13, 1948 Jimmy Bivins WWWWWL Griffith Stadium, Washington WIN
Unanimous decision
May 20, 1948 Erv Sarlin DLWWLL Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo WIN
Unanimous decision
May 7, 1948 Elmer Ray WWWWWW Chicago Stadium, Chicago WIN
KO
Feb. 20, 1948 Sam Baroudi LWWWWW Chicago Stadium, Chicago WIN
KO
Jan. 13, 1948 Archie Moore LWWWWW Arena, Cleveland WIN
KO
Dec. 2, 1947 Fitzie Fitzpatrick WWLLLW Arena, Cleveland WIN
Technical knockout
Nov. 3, 1947 Teddy Randolph LLWWWL Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo WIN
Unanimous decision
Oct. 27, 1947 Clarence Jones WLLLLL Radio Center Arena, Huntington WIN
KO
Oct. 16, 1947 Al Smith LLLWWW Armory, Akron WIN
Technical knockout
Sept. 29, 1947 Lloyd Marshall WWLLWW Crosley Field, Cincinnati WIN
KO
Sept. 16, 1947 Joe Matisi LWDWWL Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo WIN
Unanimous decision
July 25, 1947 Elmer Ray WWLWWW Madison Square Garden, New York LOSS
Split-decision
July 14, 1947 Fitzie Fitzpatrick DWWWWL Crosley Field, Cincinnati WIN
KO
May 5, 1947 Archie Moore WWDDWW Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati WIN
Majority decision
April 14, 1947 Erv Sarlin WWWLWW Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh WIN
Unanimous decision
March 10, 1947 Jimmy Bivins LLWWWW Arena, Cleveland WIN
KO
Feb. 17, 1947 Oakland Billy Smith WLDWWW Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati WIN
KO
Nov. 12, 1946 Jimmy Bivins WWWWLL Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh WIN
Unanimous decision
Sept. 23, 1946 Oakland Billy Smith WLWLWW Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati WIN
Unanimous decision
July 29, 1946 Lloyd Marshall LLWWWL Crosley Field, Cincinnati WIN
KO
June 13, 1946 Shelton Bell WLWWLW Idora Park, Youngstown WIN
KO
May 20, 1946 Archie Moore WWWWWW Forbes Field, Pittsburgh WIN
Unanimous decision
May 13, 1946 Tommy Hubert WWWWWL Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati WIN
KO
April 15, 1946 George Parks WLLWLL Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh WIN
Technical knockout
April 1, 1946 Billy Duncan WLWWWL Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh WIN
KO
March 25, 1946 Tommy Hubert WWWWWW Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati WIN
Unanimous decision
Feb. 18, 1946 Al Sheridan LLWWLL Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati WIN
KO
Dec. 16, 1944 Al Barlow Brancaccio Theatre, Roma WIN
Points
Dec. 13, 1944 Stanley Goicz WWWWWD Brancaccio Theatre, Roma WIN
Points
March 31, 1943 Lloyd Marshall LWWWWW Arena, Cleveland LOSS
Technical knockout
Jan. 7, 1943 Jimmy Bivins LWWWWW Arena, Cleveland LOSS
Unanimous decision
Dec. 1, 1942 Joey Maxim LWWWWL Arena, Cleveland WIN
Unanimous decision
Oct. 27, 1942 Joey Maxim WLWWWW Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh WIN
Unanimous decision
Sept. 15, 1942 Mose Brown LLLWWL Forbes Field, Pittsburgh WIN
KO
Aug. 17, 1942 Jose Basora LWWDWW Hickey Park, Millvale WIN
KO
July 27, 1942 Booker Beckwith WWLWLW Forbes Field, Pittsburgh WIN
KO
July 14, 1942 Steve Mamakos LLWLLL Crosley Field, Cincinnati WIN
KO
June 29, 1942 Charley Burley WWWWLW Hickey Park, Millvale WIN
Unanimous decision
May 25, 1942 Charley Burley WWWWWW Forbes Field, Pittsburgh WIN
Unanimous decision
May 13, 1942 Kid Tunero LWWWLL Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati LOSS
Split-decision
April 8, 1942 Billy Pryor WLLLWL Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati WIN
Points
March 2, 1942 Ken Overlin WWWWWD Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati DRAW
Majority decision
Jan. 12, 1942 Anton Christoforidis WWWLWW Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati WIN
Technical knockout
Nov. 17, 1941 Teddy Yarosz WWLWLW Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati WIN
Unanimous decision
Oct. 13, 1941 Pat Mangini LLLWLW Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati WIN
KO
July 21, 1941 Al Gilbert LDWLDW Parkway Arena, Cincinnati WIN
Technical knockout
June 9, 1941 Ken Overlin WDWWWL Crosley Field, Cincinnati LOSS
Unanimous decision
May 12, 1941 Rudy Kozole WWWWWW Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati WIN
Points
March 31, 1941 Joe Sutka WLLLWW Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati WIN
Points
March 10, 1941 Floyd Howard WWWWL Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati WIN
KO
Feb. 24, 1941 Slaka Cavrich WWWD Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati WIN
KO
Feb. 10, 1941 Billy Bengal DLDLLL Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati WIN
Unanimous decision
Dec. 2, 1940 Charley Jerome DLLLDL Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati WIN
KO
Oct. 1, 1940 Marty Simmons LLWWLL Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati WIN
Points
Sept. 23, 1940 Billy Hood WLWLLL Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati WIN
KO
Aug. 5, 1940 John Reeves LLLLLD Haft's Acre, Columbus WIN
Points
July 29, 1940 Carl Turner WLWWWW Parkway Arena, Cincinnati WIN
Points
June 17, 1940 Young Kid Ash LLWLLL Legion Hall, Portsmouth WIN
KO
June 13, 1940 Frankie Williams LLWWLW Parkway Arena, Cincinnati WIN
Technical knockout
June 3, 1940 Charley Banks LWLDWL Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati WIN
KO
May 20, 1940 Charley Banks DLWLDW Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati WIN
Points
April 3, 1940 Remo Fernandez WWLDLL Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati WIN
Points
March 27, 1940 John Reeves DLLLLL Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati WIN
Points
March 12, 1940 Melody Johnson Armory, Middletown WIN
KO