Ezzard “Cincinnati Cobra” Charles, arguably the greatest light heavyweight in history and also a heavyweight champion, was born a century ago in Lawrenceville, Georgia.
He began his boxing days by standing out in amateur boxing, debuting as a professional in March 1940. Charles fought against great fighters of his time, including Charley Burley, Jose Basora, Joey Maxim, Jimmy Bivins, Lloyd Marshall, Elmer “Violent” Ray, Archie Moore, among many, many others.
Then as a heavyweight, Charles and the magnificent Jersey Joe Walcott fought a series of four fights, he also faced Rocky Marciano in two epics, Gus Lesnevich, Pat Valentino, Joe Louis, Lee Oma, Rex Layne and Bob Satterfield.
Charles, who was a founding member of the IBHOF (International Boxing Hall of Fame) sadly passed away at the young age of only 53 years, this in 1975, due to the consequences of the sclerosis that he suffered.
The extraordinary record of this man, who was gentle, God fearing and bible reading, outside ring hours, ended with 95 wins with 52 knockouts, 25 losses and a draw. Truly an all time Great.