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Ezzard Charles
Global ID9012
sexmale
birthdate 1921-07-07
death date 1975-05-28 (53)
divisionheavyweight
stanceorthodox
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
1946-09-23Oakland Billy Smith32-13-3
Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, USAWUD1010
Smith was knocked down in the 6th round.
1946-07-29Lloyd Marshall58-14-3
Crosley Field, Cincinnati, Ohio, USAWKO610
time: 0:57
Charles was droppped for a nine-count in the first round.
1946-06-13Shelton Bell12-4-0
Idora Park, Youngstown, Ohio, USAWKO510
time: 2:24
1946-05-20Archie Moore79-11-5
Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWUD1010
referee: Ernie Sesto
"Charles dumped Moore for a nine-count with a tremendous left uppercut to the stomach in the eighth." (AP)
1946-05-13Tommy Hubert21-9-0
Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, USAWKO410
1946-04-15George Parks17-18-2
Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWTKO610
referee: Buck McTiernan
1946-04-01Billy Duncan38-11-2
Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWKO410
referee: Ernie Sesto
1946-03-25Tommy Hubert21-8-0
Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, USAWUD1010
It was an exciting and competitive fight for nine rounds, but Charles dropped Hubert three times in the tenth.
1946-02-18Al Sheridan8-20-3
Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, USAWKO210
1944-12-16Adolph Barlow
Brancaccio Theatre, Roma, Lazio, ItalyWPTS33
Second Inter-Allied Championships, Pro division, Light Heavyweight Final
1944-12-13Stanley Goicz10-2-1
Brancaccio Theatre, Roma, Lazio, ItalyWPTS33
Second Inter-Allied Championships, Pro division, Light Heavyweight
1943-03-31Lloyd Marshall38-7-2
Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, USALTKO810
time: 0:25 | referee: Jackie Davis
Charles was knocked down eight times, as follows: down for counts of one and two in the first round; dropped once in round three for a one-count; down in round five for a two-count; down for counts of one and eight in round seven; down twice for no-counts in round eight. The referee stopped the fight after the last knockdown. Charles's handlers said that he had a hip injury going into the fight. Ezzard didn't win a single round. Attendance was 10,539.
1943-01-07Jimmy Bivins31-5-0
Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, USALUD1010
Charles took seven counts: four times for nine-counts in round three; for a nine-count in round four; for a nine-count in round five; and for a two count at the bell in round eight. Charles landed many good punches and it was a rousing battle. Writer James E. Doyle scored it as 6 rounds for Bivins, three for Charles, and one even. There was a lot of snow on the ground for the fight, but it still drew a gate of $32,146.
1942-12-01Joey Maxim20-6-0
Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, USAWUD1010
"Maxim could have been given a slight edge at the half-way post, but from there on he took a healthy pasting." Joey bled freely from a cut over his right eye in the last two rounds. Charles tried hard to score a knockout but couldn't knock the clever Maxim off his feet despite scoring with "terrific right hand belts to the body." (James E. Doyle, Cleveland Plain Dealer (from Greg Paterson).
1942-10-27Joey Maxim20-5-0
Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWUD1010
1942-09-15Mose Brown20-8-1
Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWKO610
time: 2:51
1942-08-17Jose Basora34-6-2
Hickey Park, Millvale, Pennsylvania, USAWKO510
time: 2:57 | referee: Red Robinson
Basora was down once in the 2nd round, once in the 3rd, three times in the 4th, but rallied and almost stopped Charles in round five, only to then be knocked out.
1942-07-27Booker Beckwith18-2-0
Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWKO910
time: 2:19
Charles scored the knockout with a left and a right. Beckwith's head hit the floor with a thud and Booker was out cold for three minutes. Charles was too busy for Beckwith throughout the fight and landed 75% of the punches. It was not as good a fight as had been anticipated as Beckwith became cautious when he found himself being badly outpointed.
1942-07-14Steve Mamakos26-12-1
Crosley Field, Cincinnati, Ohio, USAWKO110
Mamakos was floored for "nine" before taking the full count.
1942-06-29Charley Burley52-6-1
Hickey Park, Millvale, Pennsylvania, USAWUD1010
referee: Red Robinson
1942-05-25Charley Burley51-5-1
Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWUD1010
Charles was a substitute for Ken Overlin. Burley took a count of three in the last round and was nearly knocked out in round four.
1942-05-13Kid Tunero75-22-12
Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, USALSD1010
1942-04-08Billy Pryor23-11-6
Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, USAWPTS1010
1942-03-02Ken Overlin130-19-7
Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, USADPTS1010
1942-01-12Anton Christoforidis46-10-7
Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, USAWTKO310
Christoforidis was down for "six" and "nine" before the fight was stopped.
1941-11-17Teddy Yarosz106-16-3
Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, USAWUD1010
1941-10-13Pat Mangini18-23-2
Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, USAWKO110
time: 2:50
(Poster)
1941-07-21Al Gilbert24-10-4
Parkway Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, USAWTKO610
1941-06-09Ken Overlin122-19-6
Crosley Field, Cincinnati, Ohio, USALUD1010
Charles was knocked down in the 2nd round (AP).
1941-05-12Rudy Kozole5-1-0
Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, USAWPTS1010
1941-03-31Joe Sutka30-15-5
Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, USAWPTS1010
1941-03-10Floyd Howard2-0-0
Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, USAWKO710
1941-02-24Slaka Cavrich3-0-1
Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, USAWKO210
This fight has been shown previously in Charles's record as occurring on February 22, 1941. The correct date is shown here, source the Cincinnati Enquirer.
1941-02-10Billy Bengal39-15-6
Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, USAWUD1010
Charles was floored for a one-count in round seven, the first knockdown of his career. (Source: Cincinnati Enquirer, February 11, 1941.)
1940-12-02Charley Jerome23-18-5
Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, USAWKO310
From the Cincinnati Enquirer (Herb Goldman). Jerome suffered from Charles's bombardment,but Charley did show a good left hand although unable to keep Charles at bay.
1940-10-01Marty Simmons65-30-8
Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, USAWPTS1010
Reference: Cincinnati Inquirer, found by Laurence Fielding.
1940-09-23Billy Hood31-41-9
Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, USAWTKO310
This was Charles's first main event according to The Ring, December 1940, page 56. The date has been verified from Cincinnati newspaper. Hood was knocked down twice.
1940-06-17Kid Ash0-1-0
Legion Hall, Portsmouth, Ohio, USAWKO36
time: 1:20
This fight was reported in the Portsmouth (Ohio) Times, and found by Wouter Van Alst. Ash went down twice in the second before the knockout in the 3rd round.
1940-06-13Frankie Williams1-3-1
Parkway Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, USAWTKO68
This was Charles's fourth professional fight, based on checks of Cincinnati newspapers (Jack Kincaid). However, with discovery of Charles's first of two fights with Charley Banks, it was at least his sixth fight.
Charles "blasted Williams all over the ring in the fifth heat. Referee Pat Daly stopped the fight when Williams attempted to answer the bell at the sixth round." This bout was the main event. Source: Cincinnati Enquirer

1940-06-03Charley Banks1-6-2
Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, USAWKO16
time: 1:42
Verified from Cincinnati newspaper by Jack Kincaid.
1940-05-20Charley Banks1-5-2
Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, USAWPTS66
Reported in the June 1, 1940 Chicago Defender, per Alex Skutt.
1940-04-03Remo Fernandez42-30-25
Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, USAWPTS66
The Charles-Fernandez fight occurred on the Eddie Simms-Unknown Winston program, April 3, with Charles winning by decision (not April 24 and a 6-round knockout, as in Charles's published record).
"This went the route because Charles missed repeatedly but he won every step of the way. Fernandez dodged or rolled with Charles's best pokes but showed nothing else whatsoever." Source: Cincinnati Enquirer

1940-03-27John Reeves1-7-2
Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, USAWPTS66
Published records for Charles list two fights before this one, but only one has been verified. See the biographical comments (open book symbol).
"Lethal-like body blows had Reeves on the floor twice in the opening stanza." Long John Reeves substituted for Remo Fernandez. Source: Cincinnati Enquirer

1940-03-12Melody Johnson
Armory, Middletown, Ohio, USAWKO46
"Ezzard Charles, Negro middleweight from Cincinnati, made his first professional start against Melody Johnson, also of Cincinnati, and lived up to his advance billing as a finalist in the 1939 Golden Gloves when he smacked Johnson with a deadly right in the fourth canto and put him down for the count. It was Charles' fight all the way, as he had Johnson on the floor in the second and hanging on the ropes when the bell sounded at the close of the third canto." Source: the excellent reference librarian of the Middletown library but technically the Middletown Journal.
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