1949-08-10 Ezzard Charles w rtd 7 (15) Gus Lesnevich, Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NYC, New York, USA - NBA
1949-08-10 Ezzard Charles w rtd 7 (15) Gus Lesnevich, Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NYC, New York, USA - NBA. Referee: Ruby Goldstein. Promoted by the IBC, and with Joe Louis acting as the matchmaker, the fight took place in New York, a State where Charles (180) was not even recognised as world champion. However, regardless of the venue, the contest was supported by 47 States of America under the banner of the NBA. Charles, making his first defence of that title, was always going too well for the former light heavyweight champion, hitting his ageing opponent almost at will during the opening five sessions. As early as the first round Lesnevich (182) was wobbling under a barrage of lefts and rights to the jaw as Charles cast off the shackles of his title-winning fight. Lesnevich’s best chances of victory came with the hope of him getting solid rights off, but every time he went with the punch he was effectively countered. Due to that he was soon carrying damage to his right eye. Giving it everything he had in the sixth Lesnevich went for broke, and although getting in solid rights that Charles seemed unable to avoid he had shot his bolt. In the seventh, with his left eye almost closed, Lesnevich was on the receiving end of almost everything that Charles threw at him. Having become patently obvious that Lesnevich could not continue for much longer, his corner sensibly retired him at the end of the session.