1951-03-07 Ezzard Charles w pts 15 Jersey Joe Walcott, Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USA - NY/NBA

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1951-03-07 Ezzard Charles w pts 15 Jersey Joe Walcott, Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USA - NY/NBA. Referee: Clarence Rosen. Scorecards: 80-70, 80-66, 83-62. Making his fourth attempt to win the title, Walcott (193) was once again seen off in a contest where he could never quite get to grips with the champion. Following an opening round that was marred by too much holding and negative tactics, having hurt Charles (186) in the fourth with an overarm right Walcott played second fiddle thereafter as the latter began to pick up points with the left lead. In the ninth, when Walcott walked on to a heavy right-hand counter he was dropped for ‘nine’, the only knockdown of the fight, before being forced to take plenty of rights and lefts until the bell ended the session. Although Walcott came back strongly in the tenth and 11th with left and right hooks it was Charles who took three of the last four sessions with his more effective punching, especially in the 14th when the challenger walked into smashing right hands that rocked him back on his heels.

After sustaining a badly swollen left ear in the fourth Charles’ prospective fight against Joe Louis, tentatively set for 18 April, was put on the backburner. It then failed to take place when negotiations broke down.

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