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Ezzard Charles Record

Total Fights121
Title Wins3
Title Defenses8
Title-Fight KOs5
KO Wins52
KO Losses7
Ezzard Charles Record & Stats
Ezzard Charles' Record
Ezzard Charles' boxing record and career infographic

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      What is Ezzard Charles' boxing record?

      In a professional boxing career spanning 19 years and five months, Ezzard Charles fought 121 times with 95 wins, 25 losses, and 1 draw.

      Charles retired from professional boxing with a record of 95-25-1, which included three heavyweight world-title wins and eight successful title defense fights. He had a 43% knockouts-to-fights ratio with 52 of his total 121 fights being knockout wins, five of which were in title fights. Charles suffered seven knockout losses in his career, two of which were in title fights.

      His last fight was a 10-round unanimous decision defeat to Alvin Green on September 1, 1959.

      Some of Charles' best fights and notable victories include wins over eight Hall-of-Famers (Jimmy Bivins, Joey Maxim, Jersey Joe Walcott, Joe Louis, Archie Moore, Lloyd Marshall, Charley Burley, and Teddy Yarosz), .

      121Sep 1, 195938Alvin GreenLossUD
      120Jul 30, 195938George LoganLossKO8
      119Jul 3, 195937Dave AshleyWinTKO9
      118Oct 27, 195837Donnie FleemanLossKO6
      117Aug 28, 195837Alfredo ZuanyLossUD
      116Aug 28, 195837Johnny HarperWinUD
      115Oct 2, 195635Dick RichardsonLossDQ
      114Aug 31, 195635Harry MatthewsLossUD
      113Jul 13, 195635Pat McMurtryLossUD
      112Jun 19, 195634Bob AlbrightWinRTD6
      111May 21, 195634Wayne BetheaLossUD
      110Apr 21, 195634Don JasperWinTKO9
      109Dec 29, 195534Young Jack JohnsonLossTKO6
      108Dec 22, 195534Bob AlbrightWinSD
      107Dec 6, 195534Toxie HallWinUD
      106Nov 14, 195534Toxie HallLossSD
      105Aug 31, 195534Tommy JacksonLossUD
      104Aug 3, 195534Tommy JacksonLossUD
      103Jul 13, 195534Paul AndrewsWinSD
      102Jun 8, 195533John HolmanWinUD
      101Apr 27, 195533John HolmanLossTKO9
      100Apr 11, 195533Vern EscoeWinKO3
      99Feb 18, 195533Charley NorkusWinUD
      98Sep 17, 195433Rocky MarcianoLoss *KO8
      97Jun 17, 195432Rocky MarcianoLoss *UD
      96Jan 13, 195432Bob SatterfieldWinKO2
      95Dec 16, 195332Coley WallaceWinKO10
      94Sep 8, 195332Harold JohnsonLossSD
      93Aug 11, 195332Niño ValdésLossUD
      92May 26, 195331Larry WatsonWinKO5
      91May 12, 195331Billy GilliamWinUD
      90Apr 1, 195331Rex LayneWinUD
      89Feb 4, 195331Tommy HarrisonWinTKO9
      88Jan 14, 195331Wes BascomWinTKO9
      87Dec 15, 195231Frank BufordWinTKO7
      86Nov 26, 195231Jimmy BivinsWinUD
      85Oct 24, 195231Cesar BrionWinUD
      84Oct 8, 195231Bernie ReynoldsWinKO2
      83Aug 8, 195231Rex LayneLossPTS
      82Jun 5, 195230Jersey Joe WalcottLoss *UD
      81Dec 12, 195130Joe KahutWinKO8
      80Dec 12, 195130Joey MaximWinUD
      79Oct 10, 195130Rex LayneWinTKO11
      78Jul 18, 195130Jersey Joe WalcottLoss *KO7
      77May 30, 195129Joey MaximWin *UD
      76Mar 7, 195129Jersey Joe WalcottWin *UD
      75Jan 12, 195129Lee OmaWin *TKO10
      74Dec 5, 195029Nick BaroneWin *KO11
      73Sep 27, 195029Joe LouisWin *UD
      72Aug 15, 195029Freddie BeshoreWin *TKO14
      71Oct 14, 194928Pat ValentinoWin *KO8
      70Aug 10, 194928Gus LesnevichWin *RTD7
      69Jun 22, 194927Jersey Joe WalcottWin *UD
      68Feb 28, 194927Joey MaximWinMD
      67Feb 7, 194927Johnny HaynesWinKO8
      66Dec 10, 194827Joe BaksiWinTKO11
      65Nov 15, 194827Walter HaferWinKO7
      64Sep 13, 194827Jimmy BivinsWinUD
      63May 20, 194826Erv SarlinWinUD
      62May 7, 194826Elmer RayWinKO9
      61Feb 20, 194826Sam BaroudiWinKO10
      60Jan 13, 194826Archie MooreWinKO8
      59Dec 2, 194726Fitzie FitzpatrickWinKO4
      58Nov 3, 194726Teddy RandolphWinUD
      57Oct 27, 194726Clarence JonesWinKO1
      56Oct 16, 194726Al SmithWinTKO4
      55Sep 29, 194726Lloyd MarshallWinKO2
      54Sep 16, 194726Joe MatisiWinUD
      53Jul 25, 194726Elmer RayLossSD
      52Jul 14, 194726Fitzie FitzpatrickWinKO5
      51May 5, 194725Archie MooreWinMD
      50Apr 14, 194725Erv SarlinWinUD
      49Mar 10, 194725Jimmy BivinsWinKO4
      48Feb 17, 194725Oakland Billy SmithWinKO5
      47Nov 12, 194625Jimmy BivinsWinUD
      46Sep 23, 194625Oakland Billy SmithWinUD
      45Jul 29, 194625Lloyd MarshallWinKO6
      44Jun 13, 194624Shelton BellWinKO5
      43May 20, 194624Archie MooreWinUD
      42May 13, 194624Tommy HubertWinKO4
      41Apr 15, 194624George ParksWinTKO6
      40Apr 1, 194624Billy DuncanWinKO4
      39Mar 25, 194624Tommy HubertWinUD
      38Feb 18, 194624Al SheridanWinKO2
      37Dec 16, 194423Al BarlowWinPTS
      36Dec 13, 194423Stanley GoiczWinPTS
      35Mar 31, 194321Lloyd MarshallLossTKO8
      34Jan 7, 194321Jimmy BivinsLossUD
      33Dec 1, 194221Joey MaximWinUD
      32Oct 27, 194221Joey MaximWinUD
      31Sep 15, 194221Mose BrownWinKO6
      30Aug 17, 194221Jose BasoraWinKO5
      29Jul 27, 194221Booker BeckwithWinKO9
      28Jul 14, 194221Steve MamakosWinKO1
      27Jun 29, 194220Charley BurleyWinPTS
      26May 25, 194220Charley BurleyWinUD
      25May 13, 194220Kid TuneroLossUD
      24Apr 8, 194220Billy PryorWinPTS
      23Mar 2, 194220Ken OverlinDrawMD
      22Jan 12, 194220Anton ChristoforidisWinTKO3
      21Nov 17, 194120Teddy YaroszWinUD
      20Oct 13, 194120Pat ManginiWinKO1
      19Jul 21, 194120Al GilbertWinTKO5
      18Jun 9, 194119Ken OverlinLossUD
      17May 12, 194119Rudy KozoleWinPTS
      16Mar 31, 194119Joe SutkaWinPTS
      15Mar 10, 194119Floyd HowardWinKO7
      14Feb 24, 194119Slaka CavrichWinKO2
      13Feb 10, 194119Billy BengalWinUD
      12Dec 2, 194019Charley JeromeWinKO3
      11Oct 1, 194019Marty SimmonsWinPTS
      10Sep 23, 194019Billy HoodWinKO2
      9Aug 5, 194019John ReevesWinPTS
      8Jun 29, 194018Carl TurnerWinPTS
      7Jun 17, 194018Young Kid AshWinKO3
      6Jun 13, 194018Frankie WilliamsWinTKO5
      5Jun 3, 194018Charley BanksWinKO1
      4May 20, 194018Charley BanksWinPTS
      3Apr 3, 194018Remo FernandezWinPTS
      2Mar 27, 194018John ReevesWinPTS
      1Mar 12, 194018Melody JohnsonWinKO4

      * World-title fight

      Boxing career

      Ezzard Charles (Cincinnati Cobra) was an American professional boxer. He was born in Lawrenceville, Georgia, U.S. on July 7, 1921. He was a heavyweight world champion. He died on May 28, 1975 at the age of 53 years. Charles was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF) in 1990. His professional boxing career spanned more than 19 years — from 1940 to 1959.

      Charles made his professional boxing debut against Melody Johnson at the age of 18 on March 12, 1940, defeating Johnson via 4th round KO. He went on to win 16 more consecutive fights after the debut, which included 7 wins via stoppage.

      He had his first world title fight at the age of 27 on June 22, 1949 after 68 professional fights, against Jersey Joe Walcott for the heavyweight NBA (vacant) title. He defeated Walcott via 15 round unanimous decision to become the heavyweight champion of the world.

      Ezzard Charles was a one-time unified heavyweight world champion, and won one world title at heavyweight. For all the details about Charles' world title wins and defenses refer to the "Championships" section below.

      Charles had a total of 25 losses in his professional boxing career.

      His last professional fight was a non-title bout against Alvin Green at 38 years of age, on September 1, 1959. Charles lost the fight via 10 round unanimous decision.


      Charles had a total of 13 world-title fights, which includes winning three world titles and eight successful title defenses. He won nine of these fights and lost four.

      Title Wins

      Ezzard Charles fought for a heavyweight world title in five fights and won two of these fights. He won one heavyweight belt.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles WonMethod
      Sep 27, 1950^Joe LouisHeavyweightNYSAC*, The RingUD
      Jun 22, 1949Jersey Joe WalcottHeavyweightNBA*UD
      ^ Became unified world champion
      * Vacant title

      Title Defenses

      Ezzard Charles had nine heavyweight world-title defense fights. He won eight of them and lost only once.

      Following is the table of his successful title defense fights, the next section has the fights where he lost his titles.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles DefendedMethod
      May 30, 1951Joey MaximHeavyweightNBA, NYSAC, The RingUD
      Mar 7, 1951Jersey Joe WalcottHeavyweightNBA, NYSAC, The RingUD
      Jan 12, 1951Lee OmaHeavyweightNBA, NYSAC, The RingTKO
      Dec 5, 1950Nick BaroneHeavyweightNBA, NYSAC, The RingKO
      Sep 27, 1950^Joe LouisHeavyweightNBAUD
      Aug 15, 1950Freddie BeshoreHeavyweightNBATKO
      Oct 14, 1949Pat ValentinoHeavyweightNBAKO
      Aug 10, 1949Gus LesnevichHeavyweightNBARTD
      ^ Became unified world champion

      Title Losses

      Ezzard Charles lost one world-title defense fight, and lost three titles in the fight.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles LostMethod
      Jul 18, 1951Jersey Joe WalcottHeavyweightNBA, NYSAC, The RingKO


      Charles fought a total of 121 times during his professional career, which includes 13 world-title fights at the heavyweight division. He was among the very best of his generation and was known for his great performances in his fights. These seven fights are the highlight of his career.

      • May 25, 1942: Ezzard Charles puts on the first remarkable performance of his career, defeating Charley Burley via 10th round unanimous decision.

      • January 13, 1948: Ezzard Charles beats Archie Moore via 8th round KO.

      • June 22, 1949: Charles wins his first world title by defeating Jersey Joe Walcott via 15 round unanimous decision. He is now the NBA heavyweight world champion.

      • September 27, 1950: Charles becomes a unified heavyweight world champion by beating Joe Louis via 15 round unanimous decision. He now holds the NBA, NYSAC , and The Ring heavyweight world-champion belts.

      • March 7, 1951: Charles successfully defends the NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring heavyweight titles against Jersey Joe Walcott, winning the fight via 15 round unanimous decision.

      • May 30, 1951: Charles successfully defends the NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring heavyweight titles against Joey Maxim, winning the fight via 15 round unanimous decision.

      • December 12, 1951: Ezzard Charles beats Joey Maxim via 12th round unanimous decision.


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