Ezzard Charles

Ezzard Charles

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Greatness is often overlooked in its own time. For Ezzard Charles--one of boxing's most skilled practitioners, with a record of 93-25-1 (52 KO)--recognition took decades. Named by The Ring magazine as the greatest light heavyweight of all time, Charles was frustrated in his attempts to get a shot at the 175-pound title, and as World Heavyweight Champion (1949-1951) struggled to win the respect of boxing fans captivated by Joe Louis' power and charisma. This first-ever biography of qThe Cincinnati Cobraq covers his early life in a small country town and his career in the glamorously dirty business of prizefighting in the 1950s, one of the sport's Golden Ages. Charles' fights with Louis, Jersey Joe Walcott, Rocky Marciano and his three wins over the legendary Archie Moore are detailed.He was hustling, trying to make a living. Just about all ... I started laughing, but when they told me I could make money and how much, I stopped laughing, a€ he said. a€œIt all stems ... When he wasna#39;t at the gym or at a show he was at home watching the money run out and fending off the bank, which was about to foreclose on his house on Forest Avenue. ... a€œHerea#39;s a guy doing nothing, a€ he said about himself.

Title:Ezzard Charles
Author: William Dettloff
Publisher:McFarland - 2015-05-29


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