1951-01-12 Ezzard Charles w rsc 10 (15) Lee Oma, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - NY/NBA

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1951-01-12 Ezzard Charles w rsc 10 (15) Lee Oma, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - NY/NBA. Referee: Ruby Goldstein. Charles (185) was a disappointment when taking on the fourth-rated Oma (193), the challenger standing up to whatever was thrown at him in the early rounds while being able to come back with plenty of his own. Charles’ left eye was cut as early as the second, causing his timing to be off at times, especially when he strayed below the belt and had points deducted in the fifth and eighth. While stabbing his left into Charles’ damaged features Oma also made life difficult for the champion, as well as making for an elusive target as he rode and slipped punches. However, despite the fight being mainly listless the finish will live on in the memories of those who were there. Eventually catching up with Oma in the tenth, Charles smashed in more than a dozen left hooks to the jaw and a few to the body for good measure to send his rival staggering around the ring in such a manner that The Ring magazine reported it as a walk on ‘Queer Street’. The fight was as good as over, and with a now defenceless Oma forced into a neutral corner as Charles was raining in punches the referee halted proceedings at 1.19 of the session.

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