Jersey Joe Walcott vs. Ezzard Charles (4th meeting)
1952-06-05 : Ezzard Charles 191½ lbs lost to Jersey Joe Walcott 196½ lbs by UD in round 15 of 15
- Location: Municipal Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
- 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.
"Jersey Joe Walcott clung to his world heavyweight title Thursday night by winning an unanimous decision over ex-champ Ezzard Charles. Walcott shook off bombing shots by Charles to grab the votes of all three officials in a slow fight at Municipal Stadium. This was a dull fight in contrast to the thriller last July 18th at Forbes Field when underdog Walcott won boxing's richest prize with a clean-cut knockout. There were no knockdowns in the closely fought contest although both men were wobbled with right hand shots. Time after time, Walcott backed off in his familiar retreat trying to lure Ez into the trap for the right hand that knocked Joe Louis down three times - but Charles wouldn't take the bait. Ezzard fought cautiously, apparently biding his time for a fast finish, but never was able to nail old Joe for the crusher." -Associated Press
- Unofficial AP scorecard - 7-6-2 Charles
- 21 boxing writers were polled at ringside. 14 scored the bout for Charles and 7 scored it for Walcott.
Post fight comment: * "This proves I'm really champion. This proves it wasn't any lucky punch in Pittsburgh. I had him all the way. This win meant more to me." - Jersey Joe Walcott