1950-12-05 Ezzard Charles w co 11 (15) Nick Barone, The Gardens, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NY/NBA
1950-12-05 Ezzard Charles w co 11 (15) Nick Barone, The Gardens, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NY/NBA. Referee: Tommy Warndorf. Boxing with purpose the champion had little difficulty in dealing with Barone (178½), who as the fourth-rated light heavyweight really did not belong in the division. However, with Charles also considered too light for the weight class the fight was given official approval. Although Barone kept pressing Charles (185), tossing in short punches and aiming to stay at close quarters, he was nearly always fought off with jabs, hooks and uppercuts whenever the latter picked up the pace. By the ninth round, which Charles took by a wide margin, it was clear that Barone would be lucky to last the distance and so it proved. Coming out fast in the 11th, Charles set about Barone with all manner of blows and a jarring right uppercut sent the challenger almost into dreamland, such was the power of the punch. Cutting loose with everything he had, Charles had Barone at his mercy and following a battery of shots from both hands a crashing right sent the former marine down to be counted out on the 2.06 mark.