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Ezzard Charles
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    (July 7, 1921-May 27, 1975)
    Relocated to Cincinnati, Ohio
    World Heavyweight Champion (1949-1951)
    Boxing Hall of Fame member (1990)
    Career record--96-25-1
    He was hated by many boxing fans because he was the boxer who earned the heavyweight title after Joe Louis retired.
    He defeated Louis in his comeback attempt, but only found himself hated more because he ruined Louis' winning streak.
    He became a professional wrestler after his retirement in order to pay the bills, and was known as 'The Cincinnati Cobra.'
    He also worked as a bouncer in a nightclub in Kentucky.
    He is better known for his losses to Rocky Marciano than for beating Joe Louis or Jersey Joe Walcott.
    He could have become the greatest light-heavyweight champion ever, but chose to fight heavyweight instead, and was routinely outweighed by his opponents.
    What kind of name is Ezzard?
    He served in World War II.
    He died of multiple sclerosis.
    How many nightclub owners would kill for a former heavyweight champion to be their bouncer?
    He also worked with Youth Welfare in Chicago.
    He was a champion at a time when the heavyweight division was at its peak of talent, and he dodged no one.
    Marciano always said that his two fights with Charles were the toughest he ever fought.
    The city of Cincinnati named a street in his honor.
    He was a skilled fighter, and never got the respect he deserved.

Credit: Art Gremashlo

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