Ezzard Charles vs. Lee Oma

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Charles swings and misses.

Ezzard Charles 185 lbs beat Lee Oma 193 lbs by TKO at 1:19 in round 10 of 15

  • Date: 1951-01-12
  • Location: Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
  • Referee: Ruby Goldstein
  • NBA Heavyweight Title (6th defense by Charles)
  • NYSAC Heavyweight Title (2nd defense by Charles)
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  • Charles was defending the NBA title for the sixth times and the NYSAC title for the second time.
  • Oma was a 6-1 underdog.
  • A crowd of 11,504 paid a gross gate of $54,185.
  • Charles earned $18,722, and Oma made $9,456.
  • Referee Ruby Goldstein took rounds five and eight from Charles for low blows.
  • Scoring was on a rounds basis, with a supplemental points system in case of a draw. The referee had Charles ahead 7-2, and Judge Charley Shortell had Charles in front 6-3. Judge Frank Forbes had the fight 4-4-1 in rounds, but he had Charles leading 7-4 on points.
  • The Associated Press reported: "Referee Ruby Goldstein halted the often bullish bout with Oma still on his feet—he was never knocked down during the evening—but reeling around the ring from a barrage of punishing lefts and rights to the head. Oma was on the verge of a knockout when Goldstein stepped in." AP