Ezzard Charles
Global ID9012
birthdate 1921-07-07
death date 1975-05-28 (53)
height6′ 0″   /   183cm
reach73″   /   185cm
aliasThe Cincinnati Cobra
country USA
residenceCincinnati, Ohio, USA
birth placeLawrenceville, Georgia, USA
birth nameEzzard Mack Charles
won 93 (KO 52) + lost 25 (KO 7) + drawn 1 = 119
rounds boxed 960 KO% 43.7

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dateopponentW-L-Dlast 6location
1959-09-01Alvin Green21-7-1
Municipal Auditorium, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USALUD1010
42-48 | 41-49 | 44-48
1959-07-30George Logan10-0-1
Fairgrounds Arena, Boise, Idaho, USALKO810
time: 1:50
Charles was knocked down once in the 1st, 3rd, and 8th round.
1959-07-03Dave Ashley3-9-0
Lincoln Heights High School, Cincinnati, Ohio, USAWTKO910
1958-10-27Donnie Fleeman25-2-0
Memorial Auditorium, Dallas, Texas, USALKO610
time: 2:13 | referee: Morris Fair
Charles was down twice in the 5th.
1958-09-30Alfredo Zuany20-1-0
Plaza de Toros, Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, MexicoLUD1010
referee: Young Amado 94-99 | judge: Carl Beers 93-100 | judge: Jose Guerra 91-100
1958-08-28Johnny Harper8-9-0
East-West Stadium, Fairmont, West Virginia, USAWUD1010
1956-10-02Dick Richardson19-3-1
Harringay Arena, Harringay, London, United KingdomLDQ210x3
referee: Frank Wilson
Charles disqualified for "persistent holding"
1956-08-31Harry Matthews88-7-6
Sicks' Stadium, Seattle, Washington, USALUD1010
referee: Joey August 88-100 | judge: Ely Caston 92-98 | judge: Jimmy Grant 84-99
1956-07-13Pat McMurtry20-0-1
Lincoln Bowl, Tacoma, Washington, USALUD1010
referee: Davey Ward 81-97 | judge: Al Whitman 89-99 | judge: Ples Irwin 88-99
Charles was penalized a point in the 6th and 7th rounds for low blows.
1956-06-19Bob Albright20-4-3
Softball Park, Phoenix, Arizona, USAWRTD610
Albright did not come out for the 7th round.
1956-05-21Wayne Bethea9-4-2
St. Nicholas Arena, New York, New York, USALUD1010
referee: Al Berl 3-7 | judge: Nick Gamboli 3-7 | judge: Mike Davidowitch 3-7
1956-04-21Don Jasper20-7-1
Windsor Arena, Windsor, Ontario, CanadaWTKO910
time: 2:46 | referee: Johnny Weber
Attendance: 3,275. Gate:$6,870
1955-12-29Young Jack Johnson11-5-1
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USALTKO610
referee: Lee Grossman
Charles suffered a badly cut lip and was unable to continue.
1955-12-22Bob Albright20-2-3
Cow Palace, Daly City, California, USAWSD1010
referee: Ray Flores 53-57 | judge: Vern Bybee 56-54 | judge: Eddie James 56-54
1955-12-06Toxie Hall13-12-4
War Memorial Auditorium, Rochester, New York, USAWUD1010
referee: Al Berl 6-3 | judge: Ted Sheils 8-0 | judge: Leo Stachowiak 6-2
1955-11-14Toxie Hall12-12-4
Rhode Island Auditorium, Providence, Rhode Island, USALSD1010
1955-08-31Tommy Jackson23-3-1
Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, USALUD1010
referee: Lou Parker 94-96 | judge: Herb Williams 85-98 | judge: George Sherman 88-97
1955-08-03Tommy Jackson22-3-1
War Memorial Auditorium, Syracuse, New York, USALUD1010
1955-07-13Paul Andrews30-5-0
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWSD1010
referee: Frank Sikora 94-91 | judge: Jim McManus 94-91 | judge: Franklin Spike McAdams 89-95
Charles was knocked down in the 2nd
1955-06-08John Holman23-10-1
Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, USAWUD1010
1955-04-27John Holman22-10-1
Auditorium, Miami Beach, Florida, USALTKO910
time: 2:48 | referee: Eddie Coachman 77-76 | judge: Morris Feingold 77-74 | judge: Gus Jacobson 78-75
Charles was down in the 1st, and twice in the ninth although only one of the ninth round trips to the canvas was a knockdown.
1955-04-11Vern Escoe30-16-0
Edmonton, Alberta, CanadaWKO310
1955-02-18Charley Norkus26-12-0
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWUD1010
referee: Harry Kessler 8-1 | judge: Jack Gordon 8-2 | judge: Joe Agnello 9-1
Norkus was down in the 9th.
1954-09-17Rocky Marciano46-0-0
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, USALKO815
time: 2:36 | referee: Al Berl 1-5 | judge: Frank Forbes 1-6 | judge: Artie Aidala 1-6
World Heavyweight Title
Marciano in danger of being stopped when his nose was severely cut. Charles was down for "two" in the second round and again for "two" in the eighth, before the knockout.
1954 Fight of the Year - Ring Magazine

1954-06-17Rocky Marciano45-0-0
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, USALUD1515
referee: Ruby Goldstein 5-8 | judge: Artie Aidala 5-9 | judge: Harold Barnes 6-8
World Heavyweight Title
1954-01-13Bob Satterfield32-14-2
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWKO210
referee: Frank Gilmer | judge: Ed Hintz | judge: William O'Connell
1953-12-16Coley Wallace20-2-0
Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USAWKO1010
referee: Frankie Brown
Wallace was knocked down in the 8th, and twice in the 10th
1953-09-08Harold Johnson41-5-0
Connie Mack Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALSD1010
referee: Buck McTiernan 3-6 | judge: Joe Capristo 5-4 | judge: Lou Tress 3-7
1953-08-11Nino Valdes22-8-3
Auditorium, Miami Beach, Florida, USALUD1010
referee: Cy Gottfried 2-7 | judge: Morris Feingold 3-5 | judge: Gus Jacobson 3-5
1953-05-26Larry Watson37-19-2
Arena, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USAWKO510
time: 2:50 | referee: Dauber Jaeger
Watson was down once in the 3rd, twice in the 4th, and four times in the 5th.
1953-05-12Billy Gilliam29-15-2
Sports Arena, Toledo, Ohio, USAWUD1010
Gilliam down in the 10th round.
1953-04-01Rex Layne40-6-2
Winterland Arena, San Francisco, California, USAWUD1010
referee: Frankie Carter 59-51 | judge: Toby Irwin 59-51 | judge: Johnny Lotsey 60½-49½
Layne was knocked down once in the 6th, once in the 7th and once in the 10th.
1953-02-04Tommy Harrison18-6-1
Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USAWTKO910
Harrison was knocked down in the 8th, before his manager stopped the fight in the 9th round.
1953-01-14Wes Bascom15-4-0
Arena, Saint Louis, Missouri, USAWTKO910
time: 2:34 | referee: Dick Young 44-36 | judge: Al Graf 43-37 | judge: Gene Farrell 42-38
1952-12-15Frank Buford21-18-7
Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USAWTKO710
time: 2:13 | referee: Joe Zapustas
1952-11-26Jimmy Bivins82-23-1
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWUD1010
referee: Johnny Behr 58-42 | judge: Tommy Thomas 58-42 | judge: John Bray 58-42
Bivins was down in the 1st for a mandatory 8-count.
1952-10-24Cesar Silverio Brion38-7-0
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWUD1010
referee: Ruby Goldstein 7-2 | judge: Harold Barnes 7-3 | judge: Joe Agnello 7-3
1952-10-08Bernie Reynolds52-11-1
Cincinnati Gardens, Cincinnati, Ohio, USAWKO212
1952-08-08Rex Layne38-5-2
Ogden Stadium, Ogden, Utah, USALPTS1010
referee: Jack Dempsey
Dempsey scored the fight 2 rounds for Layne, 1 round for Charles and 7 even.
1952-06-05Jersey Joe Walcott50-16-2
Municipal Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALUD1515
referee: Zach Clayton | judge: Buck McTiernan 7-8 | judge: Pete Tomasco 6-7 | judge: Zach Clayton 6-9
World Heavyweight Title
Referee Clayton becomes the first African-American to referee a World Heavyweight Title fight.

1951-12-21Joe Kahut54-17-7
Pacific Livestock Pavilion, Portland, Oregon, USAWKO812
time: 1:40 | referee: Ralph Gruman | judge: Eddie Volk | judge: Bobby Richards
1951-12-12Joey Maxim76-17-4
Cow Palace, Daly City, California, USAWUD1212
referee: Jack Downey 67½-64½ | judge: Billy Burke 68½-63½ | judge: Frankie Brown 70-62
1951-10-10Rex Layne34-2-2
Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWTKO1112
referee: Buck McTiernan
Layne was saved by the bell at the count of nine in the 10th round and "was bleeding from the nose, mouth and a deep gash at the corner of his left eye when his handlers picked him up and carried him to his corner". The bout was stopped with him "helpless" after regaining his feet following another knockdown in the 11th round. (New York Times)
1951-07-18Jersey Joe Walcott49-16-2
Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USALKO715
time: 0:55 | referee: Buck McTiernan 1-5 | judge: Charlie Daggert 1-4 | judge: Red Robinson 3-3
World Heavyweight Title
1951-05-30Joey Maxim75-16-4
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWUD1515
referee: Frank Gilmer 78-72 | judge: Tommy Thomas 85-65 | judge: Ed Hintz 85-65
World Heavyweight Title
1951-03-07Jersey Joe Walcott49-15-2
Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USAWUD1515
referee: Clarence Rosen 80-70 | judge: Jack Aspery 84-66 | judge: Joe Lenahan 83-67
World Heavyweight Title
Walcott was floored for a nine-count in the ninth round.

1951-01-12Lee Oma64-27-3
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWTKO1015
time: 1:19 | referee: Ruby Goldstein
World Heavyweight Title
A series of left hooks by Charles caused Oma to stagger along the ropes and the referee stopped the fight.

1950-12-05Nick Barone43-8-1
Cincinnati Gardens, Cincinnati, Ohio, USAWKO1115
World Heavyweight Title
Barone was a 6-1 underdog but put up a great fight. He had never been off his feet until the knockout.

1950-09-27Joe Louis58-1-0
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, USAWUD1515
referee: Mark Conn 10-5 | judge: Frank Forbes 13-2 | judge: Joe Agnello 12-3
World Heavyweight Title
~ After this fight, Charles became universally recognized as the World Heavyweight Champion. ~

1950-08-15Freddie Beshore28-8-1
Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, USAWTKO1415
time: 2:53 | referee: Barney Felix 12-2 | judge: Anse Carroll 12-1 | judge: Leo Stachowiak 9-3
National Boxing Association World heavyweight title
The fight was stopped because Beshore suffered a badly cauliflowered ear. Freddie had fought to the limit with all he had. Though badly punished at close range fighting, he never stepped back..Except for occasional rallies by Beshore, the match was decidedly one sided and lacking in thrills." (Nat Fleischer in The Ring, October 1950, page 3.) Beshore was not off of his feet in this fight and lived up to his reputation for toughness.
1949-10-14Pat Valentino45-10-4
Cow Palace, Daly City, California, USAWKO815
time: 0:35 | referee: Jack Downey 38-39 | judge: Frankie Carter 38-39 | judge: Frank Manfredo 39-37
National Boxing Association World heavyweight title
"One great fight" (Eddie Muller, San Francisco Examiner.)
1949-08-10Gus Lesnevich60-13-5
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, USAWRTD715
referee: Ruby Goldstein
National Boxing Association World heavyweight title
Lesnevich's corner refused to let him come out for the 8th round.
1949-06-22Jersey Joe Walcott44-13-2
Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois, USAWUD1515
referee: Davy Miller 77-73 | judge: Harold Marovitz 78-72 | judge: Franklin Spike McAdams 78-72
vacant National Boxing Association World heavyweight title
1949-02-28Joey Maxim63-15-4
Cincinnati Gardens, Cincinnati, Ohio, USAWMD1515
Attendance: 14,062 (Largest ever Cincinnati crowd) Gate: $72,818. Scoring: 70-70, 73-69, 70-65
1949-02-07Johnny Haynes22-11-0
Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWKO810
1948-12-10Joe Baksi53-7-3
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWTKO1112
time: 2:33 | referee: Ruby Goldstein
Baksi asked referee Ruby Goldstein to stop the bout, saying that he couldn't see. He had a cut over his left eye, as well as swelling on his left.
Attendance: 11,194

1948-11-15Walter Hafer16-13-1
Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, USAWKO710
"(Charles) had Hafer down four times before the knockout wallops." (Gettysburg Times)
1948-09-13Jimmy Bivins66-12-1
Griffith Stadium, Washington, District of Columbia, USAWUD1010
referee: Ray Bowen 6-3 | judge: Robert Kilmartin 5-3 | judge: John Trigg 6-2
According to The Ring it was an excellent bout. Charles's body punching had Bivins in trouble several times. Ezzard lost two points on fouls, but had a decent margin of victory anyway. The official scoring on points was 90-82, 95-93, and 94-88, all in favor of Charles. (From Washington newspapers, Jack Kincaid).
1948-05-20Erv Sarlin41-13-3
Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, USAWUD1010
referee: Eddie Seres 8-1 | judge: Leo Stachowiak 8-1 | judge: Tommy Fisher 8-2
1948-05-07Elmer Ray83-14-5
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWKO910
time: 2:43 | referee: Tom Kenneally
1948-02-20Sam Baroudi41-10-2
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWKO1010
Baroudi dies of injuries sustained in this fight. Baroudi had given a good account of himself for the first five rounds.
1948-01-13Archie Moore88-13-7
Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, USAWKO815
time: 2:40 | referee: Jackie Davis
1947-12-02Fitzie Fitzpatrick38-11-3
Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, USAWTKO412
time: 1:34 | referee: Jackie Davis
1947-11-03Teddy Randolph18-23-5
Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, USAWUD1010
referee: Lou Scozza 9-1 | judge: Eddie Schellerman 9-1 | judge: Willie DeJames 8-1
1947-10-27Clarence Jones19-17-2
Radio Center Arena, Huntington, West Virginia, USAWKO110
time: 2:41
Jones down three times in the bout.
1947-10-16Al Smith6-20-3
Akron, Ohio, USAWTKO410
time: 1:11 | referee: Eddie Atlas
Smith, a stablemate of Sugar Ray Robinson, was floored twice in the 2nd and twice in the 3rd round before the fight was eventaully stopped.
1947-09-29Lloyd Marshall60-15-3
Crosley Field, Cincinnati, Ohio, USAWKO210
Marshall took counts of "7" and "9" before going down for the full count.
1947-09-16Joe Matisi18-4-2
Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, USAWUD1010
1947-07-25Elmer Ray79-14-5
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALSD1010
referee: Eddie Joseph 4-6 | judge: Marty Monroe 8-2 | judge: George LeCron 4-6
Charles "apparently won handily. . . Ray was the aggressor most of the way, but Charles was the faster, the better boxer, and the sharper hitter." (The Ring, October 1947, page 42).
1947-07-14Fitzie Fitzpatrick37-9-3
Crosley Field, Cincinnati, Ohio, USAWKO510
Charles was down for nine in round two but came back to put Fitzpatrick down for the full count.
1947-05-05Archie Moore83-12-7
Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, USAWMD1010
"Charles floored Moore for nine in the seventh (from a left hook to the body) and slowed him to a walk the rest of the way." (AP)
1947-04-14Erv Sarlin39-9-2
Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWUD1010
referee: Buck McTiernan | judge: Willie Davies | judge: Bob Brownlee
1947-03-10Jimmy Bivins56-8-1
Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, USAWKO410
time: 1:17
1947-02-17Oakland Billy Smith35-14-4
Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, USAWKO512
1946-11-12Jimmy Bivins52-7-1
Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWUD1010
referee: Ernie Sesto 7-2 | judge: Alvin (Jap) Williams 7-3 | judge: Willie Davies 7-3
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