1949-06-22 Ezzard Charles w pts 15 Jersey Joe Walcott, Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois, USA - NBA
1949-06-22 Ezzard Charles w pts 15 Jersey Joe Walcott, Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois, USA - NBA. Referee: Dave Miller. Scorecards: 78-72, 78-72, 77-73. Billed for the vacant title, despite Walcott (195½) making the early running and occasionally forcing Charles (181¾) on to the ropes he was unable to make it pay due to the latter’s clever defence and his own poor timing. While Charles did well, especially with the left hand, to outscore Walcott, both men missed with rights when a target presented itself. At least Charles pulled himself together in the seventh, shaking the older man with solid lefts and rights, but he was unable to follow up his advantage until having Walcott in further trouble in the tenth. Again Charles failed to grasp the opportunity and while scoring more effectively with the left jab to claim the title he failed to light up the crowd as the clock ran down. Despite Gus Lesnevich losing to Joey Maxim (l pts 15 on 23 May at The Garden, Cincinnati, Ohio) he had earlier been contracted to meet the winner within 60 days due to him being bypassed in the NBA eliminators.