1950-08-15 Ezzard Charles w rsc 14 (15) Freddie Beshore, Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, USA - NBA
1950-08-15 Ezzard Charles w rsc 14 (15) Freddie Beshore, Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, USA - NBA. Referee: Barney Felix. Not even rated in the top ten and beaten in his last two contests by Lee Oma, Beshore (184½) was given a shot at Charles (183¼) in a contest that failed to gain the support of the NYSAC despite it being held on their territory. Although Beshore was badly outclassed at times and was stopped at 2.53 of the 14th round, due to sustaining a seriously swollen ear in the tenth that worsened, Charles had been unable to floor him. Rushing in head down whenever he could to attack the body, Beshore was just about still in the fight up to the seventh, but from thereon he never stood a chance as Charles began to open up more. In that session Charles punished Beshore at close range with hooks to the body and straight rights to the head before opening up again in the tenth and doing even more damage. Having suffered cuts under the eyes in the 11th Beshore still came forward without letup, but it was becoming clear that he had no chance of winning and when Charles opened up again in the 14th the referee had seen enough.
In the aftermath of the fight Charles, who suffered a cut left eye in the 14th, said that his poor showing was down to the fear that he might not be able to go the full distance following his recent problems and that he was carefully pacing himself. Prior to meeting Beshore, Charles had signed to fight Joe Louis after Lee Savold had been offered the opportunity but had declined. Louis, who was experiencing severe financial problems, decided to take a fight where the winner would be recognised by all the American authorities as the champion.