|Real name||Ezzard Mack Charles|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Reach||73 in (185 cm)|
|Born||July 7, 1921|
Lawrenceville, Georgia, U.S.
|Died||May 28, 1975 (aged 53)|
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Wins by KO||52|
Ezzard Mack Charles (July 7, 1921 – May 28, 1975), known as the Cincinnati Cobra, was an American professional boxer and World Heavyweight Champion. Known for his slick defense and precision, he is often considered the greatest light heavyweight boxer of all time. Charles defeated numerous Hall of Fame fighters in three different weight classes. Charles retired with a record of 95 wins, 25 losses and 1 draw. He was posthumously inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in the inaugural class of 1990.
Charles was born in Lawrenceville, Georgia, and grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. Charles graduated from Woodward High School in Cincinnati where he was already becoming a well-known fighter. Known as "The Cincinnati Cobra", Charles fought many notable opponents in both the light heavyweight and heavyweight divisions, eventually winning the World Championship in the latter. Although he never won the Light Heavyweight title, The Ring has rated him as the greatest light heavyweight of all time.
Career beginnings and military service
Charles started his career as a featherweight in the amateurs, where he had a record of 42–0. In 1938, he won the Diamond Belt Middleweight Championship. He followed this up in 1939 by winning the Chicago Golden Gloves tournament of champions. He won the national AAU Middleweight Championship in 1939. He turned professional in 1940, knocking out Melody Johnson in the fourth round. Charles won all of his first 17 fights before being defeated by veteran Ken Overlin. Victories over future Hall of Famers Teddy Yarosz and the much avoided Charley Burley had started to solidify Charles as a top contender in the middleweight division. However, he served in the U.S. military during World War II and was unable to fight professionally in 1945.
World heavyweight champion
He returned to boxing after the war as a light heavyweight, picking up many notable wins over leading light heavyweights, as well as heavyweight contenders Archie Moore, Jimmy Bivins, Lloyd Marshall and Elmer Ray. Shortly after his knock-out of Moore in their third and final meeting, tragedy struck. Charles fought a young contender named Sam Baroudi, knocking him out in Round 10. Baroudi died of the injuries he sustained in this bout. Charles was so devastated he almost gave up fighting. Charles was unable to secure a title shot at light heavyweight and moved up to heavyweight. After knocking out Joe Baksi and Johnny Haynes, Charles won the vacant National Boxing Association Heavyweight title when he outpointed Jersey Joe Walcott over 15 rounds on June 22, 1949. The following year, he outpointed his idol and former World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis to become the recognized Lineal Champion. Successful defenses against Walcott, Lee Oma and Joey Maxim followed.
Charles vs. Marciano
In 1951, Charles fought Walcott a third time and lost the title by knockout in the seventh round. Charles lost a controversial decision in their fourth and final bout. If Charles had won this fight, he would have become the first man in history to regain the heavyweight championship. Remaining a top contender with wins over Rex Layne, Tommy Harrison and Coley Wallace, Charles knocked out Bob Satterfield in an eliminator bout for the right to challenge Heavyweight Champion Rocky Marciano. His two stirring battles with Marciano are regarded as ring classics. In the first bout, held in Yankee Stadium on June 17, 1954, he valiantly took Marciano the distance, going down on points in a vintage heavyweight bout. Charles is the only man ever to last the full 15-round distance against Marciano. Marciano won a unanimous decision. Referee Ruby Goldstein scored the bout 8-5-2 in rounds for the champion. Judge Artie Aidala scored the fight 9-5-1 while judge Harold Barnes' tally was 8-6-1. Nevertheless, a number of fans and boxing writers felt that Charles deserved the decision. In their September rematch, Charles landed a severe blow that actually split Marciano's nose in half. Marciano's cornermen were unable to stop the bleeding and the referee almost halted the contest until Marciano rallied with an eighth-round knockout.
Like many boxers, financial problems forced Charles to continue fighting, losing 13 of his final 23 fights. He retired with a record of 93-25-1 (52 KOs).
Charles was very close with Rocky Marciano and a neighbor and friend of Muhammad Ali when they both lived on 85th Street in Chicago. Charles also starred in one motion picture: Mau Mau Drums, an independent (and unreleased) jungle-adventure film shot in and around Cincinnati in 1960 by filmmaker Earl Schwieterman.
In 1968, Charles was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. The disease affected Charles' legs and eventually left him completely disabled. A fund raiser was held to assist Charles and many of his former opponents spoke on his behalf. Rocky Marciano in particular called Charles the bravest man he ever fought. The former boxer spent his last days in a nursing home. A chilling 1973 commercial showed Charles in his wheelchair horribly disabled by ALS. Charles died on May 28, 1975, in Chicago. He was buried at Burr Oak Cemetery in Alsip, Illinois.
In 2002, Charles was ranked No. 13 on The Ring magazine's list of the 80 Best Fighters of the Last 80 Years.
In 2006, Ezzard Charles was named the 11th greatest fighter of all time by the IBRO (International Boxing Research Organisation).
The "Cincinnati Cobra" was a master boxer of extraordinary skill and ability. He had speed, agility, fast hands and excellent footwork. Charles possessed a masterful jab and was a superb combination puncher. He was at his peak as a light-heavyweight. His record is quite impressive. Against top rate opposition like Archie Moore, Charley Burley, Lloyd Marshall, Jimmy Bivins, and Joey Maxim he was an impressive 16-2 combined. Despite being a natural light-heavy he won the heavyweight title and made 9 successful title defenses. Nearly 25% of voters had Charles in the top 10. Half of the voters had him in the top 15. Two thirds of voters had him inside the top 20.
Muhammad Ali said in his own autobiography:
"Ezzard Charles was a truly great fighter and champion. He was the only heavyweight champion, other than a young Sonny Liston, who I think would have really troubled me at my best."
In 2022, a statue honoring Ezzard Charles was unveiled in Laurel Park Cincinnati, OH.
Prominent boxing historian Bert Sugar listed Charles as the seventh greatest Heavyweight of all time.
Professional boxing record
|121 fights||95 wins||25 losses|
|121||Loss||95–25–1||Alvin Green||UD||10||Sep 1, 1959||Municipal Auditorium, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.|
|120||Loss||95–24–1||George Logan||KO||8 (10), 1:50||Jul 30, 1959||Fairgrounds Arena, Boise, Idaho, U.S.|
|119||Win||95–23–1||Dave Ashley||TKO||9 (10)||Jul 3, 1959||Lincoln Heights High School, Lincoln Heights, California, U.S.|
|118||Loss||94–23–1||Donnie Fleeman||KO||6 (10), 2:13||Oct 27, 1958||Dallas Memorial Auditorium, Dallas, Texas, U.S.|
|117||Loss||94–22–1||Alfredo Zuany||UD||10||Sep 30, 1958||Plaza de Toros, Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico|
|116||Win||94–21–1||Johnny Harper||UD||10||Aug 28, 1958||East-West Stadium, Fairmont, West Virginia, U.S.|
|115||Loss||93–21–1||Dick Richardson||DQ||2 (10)||Oct 2, 1956||Harringay Arena, London, England|
|114||Loss||93–20–1||Harry Matthews||UD||10||Aug 31, 1956||Sick's Stadium, Seattle, Washington, U.S.|
|113||Loss||93–19–1||Pat McMurtry||UD||10||Jul 13, 1956||Lincoln Bowl, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.|
|112||Win||93–18–1||Bob Albright||RTD||6 (10)||Jun 19, 1956||Softball Park, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.|
|111||Loss||92–18–1||Wayne Bethea||UD||10||May 21, 1956||St. Nicholas Arena, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|110||Win||92–17–1||Don Jasper||TKO||9 (10), 2:46||Apr 21, 1956||Windsor Arena, Windsor, Ontario, Canada|
|109||Loss||91–17–1||Young Jack Johnson||TKO||6 (10)||Dec 29, 1955||Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|108||Win||91–16–1||Bob Albright||SD||10||Dec 22, 1955||Cow Palace, Daly City, California, U.S.|
|107||Win||90–16–1||Toxie Hall||UD||10||Dec 6, 1955||Rochester War Memorial Auditorium, Rochester, New York, U.S.|
|106||Loss||89–16–1||Toxie Hall||SD||10||Nov 14, 1955||Rhode Island Auditorium, Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.|
|105||Loss||89–15–1||Tommy Jackson||UD||10||Aug 31, 1955||Cleveland Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.|
|104||Loss||89–14–1||Tommy Jackson||UD||10||Aug 3, 1955||War Memorial Auditorium, Syracuse, New York, U.S.|
|103||Win||89–13–1||Paul Andrews||SD||10||Jul 13, 1955||Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|102||Win||88–13–1||John Holman||UD||10||Jun 8, 1955||Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|101||Loss||87–13–1||John Holman||TKO||9 (10), 2:48||Apr 27, 1955||Miami Beach Exhibition Hall, Miami Beach, Florida, U.S.|
|100||Win||87–12–1||Vern Escoe||KO||3 (10), 2:15||Apr 11, 1955||Edmonton Gardens, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|99||Win||86–12–1||Charley Norkus||UD||10||Feb 18, 1955||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|98||Loss||85–12–1||Rocky Marciano||KO||8 (15), 2:36||Sep 17, 1954||Yankee Stadium, New York City, New York, U.S.||For NYSAC, NBA, and The Ring heavyweight titles|
|97||Loss||85–11–1||Rocky Marciano||UD||15||Jun 17, 1954||Yankee Stadium, New York City, New York, U.S.||For NYSAC, NBA, and The Ring heavyweight titles|
|96||Win||85–10–1||Bob Satterfield||KO||2 (10)||Jan 13, 1954||Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|95||Win||84–10–1||Coley Wallace||KO||10 (10), 2:43||Dec 16, 1953||San Francisco Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S.|
|94||Loss||83–10–1||Harold Johnson||SD||10||Sep 8, 1953||Connie Mack Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|93||Loss||83–9–1||Niño Valdés||UD||10||Aug 11, 1953||Miami Beach Exhibition Hall, Miami Beach, Florida, U.S.|
|92||Win||83–8–1||Larry Watson||KO||5 (10), 2:50||May 26, 1953||Milwaukee Arena, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.|
|91||Win||82–8–1||Billy Gilliam||UD||10||May 12, 1953||Toledo Sports Arena, Toledo, Ohio, U.S.|
|90||Win||81–8–1||Rex Layne||UD||10||Apr 1, 1953||Winterland Arena, San Francisco, California, U.S.|
|89||Win||80–8–1||Tommy Harrison||TKO||9 (10)||Feb 4, 1953||Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.|
|88||Win||79–8–1||Wes Bascom||TKO||9 (10), 2:34||Jan 14, 1953||St. Louis Arena, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.|
|87||Win||78–8–1||Frank Buford||TKO||7 (10), 2:13||Dec 15, 1952||Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|86||Win||77–8–1||Jimmy Bivins||UD||10||Nov 26, 1952||Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|85||Win||76–8–1||Cesar Brion||UD||10||Oct 24, 1952||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|84||Win||75–8–1||Bernie Reynolds||KO||2 (12), 1:40||Oct 8, 1952||Cincinnati Gardens, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|83||Loss||74–8–1||Rex Layne||PTS||10||Aug 8, 1952||Ogden Stadium, Ogden, Utah, U.S.|
|82||Loss||74–7–1||Jersey Joe Walcott||UD||15||Jun 5, 1952||Philadelphia Municipal Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.||For NYSAC, NBA, and The Ring heavyweight titles|
|81||Win||74–6–1||Joe Kahut||KO||8 (12), 1:40||Dec 12, 1951||Pacific Livestock Pavilion, Portland, Oregon, U.S.|
|80||Win||73–6–1||Joey Maxim||UD||12||Dec 12, 1951||Cow Palace, Daly City, California, U.S.|
|79||Win||72–6–1||Rex Layne||TKO||11 (12)||Oct 10, 1951||Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|78||Loss||71–6–1||Jersey Joe Walcott||KO||7 (15), 0:55||Jul 18, 1951||Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.||Lost NYSAC, NBA, and The Ring heavyweight titles|
|77||Win||71–5–1||Joey Maxim||UD||15||May 30, 1951||Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.||Retained NYSAC, NBA, and The Ring heavyweight titles|
|76||Win||70–5–1||Jersey Joe Walcott||UD||15||Mar 7, 1951||Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.||Retained NYSAC, NBA, and The Ring heavyweight titles|
|75||Win||69–5–1||Lee Oma||TKO||10 (15), 1:19||Jan 12, 1951||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.||Retained NYSAC, NBA, and The Ring heavyweight titles|
|74||Win||68–5–1||Nick Barone||KO||11 (15), 2:06||Dec 5, 1950||Cincinnati Gardens, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.||Retained NYSAC, NBA, and The Ring heavyweight titles|
|73||Win||67–5–1||Joe Louis||UD||15||Sep 27, 1950||Yankee Stadium, New York City, New York, U.S.||Retained NBA heavyweight title;|
Won vacant NYSAC and The Ring heavyweight titles
|72||Win||66–5–1||Freddie Beshore||TKO||14 (15), 2:53||Aug 15, 1950||Buffalo Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, U.S.||Retained NBA heavyweight title|
|71||Win||65–5–1||Pat Valentino||KO||8 (15), 0:35||Oct 14, 1949||Cow Palace, Daly City, California, U.S.||Retained NBA heavyweight title|
|70||Win||64–5–1||Gus Lesnevich||RTD||7 (15)||Aug 10, 1949||Yankee Stadium, New York City, New York, U.S.||Retained NBA heavyweight title|
|69||Win||63–5–1||Jersey Joe Walcott||UD||15||Jun 22, 1949||Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.||Won vacant NBA heavyweight title|
|68||Win||62–5–1||Joey Maxim||MD||15||Feb 28, 1949||Cincinnati Gardens, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|67||Win||61–5–1||Johnny Haynes||KO||8 (10)||Feb 7, 1949||Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|66||Win||60–5–1||Joe Baksi||TKO||11 (15), 2:33||Dec 10, 1948||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|65||Win||59–5–1||Walter Hafer||KO||7 (10)||Nov 15, 1948||Cincinnati Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|64||Win||58–5–1||Jimmy Bivins||UD||10||Sep 13, 1948||Griffith Stadium, Washington, D.C., U.S.|
|63||Win||57–5–1||Erv Sarlin||UD||10||May 20, 1948||Buffalo Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, U.S.|
|62||Win||56–5–1||Elmer Ray||KO||9 (10), 2:43||May 7, 1948||Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|61||Win||55–5–1||Sam Baroudi||KO||10 (10)||Feb 20, 1948||Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.||Baroudi died of injuries sustained in the fight.|
|60||Win||54–5–1||Archie Moore||KO||8 (15), 2:40||Jan 13, 1948||Cleveland Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.|
|59||Win||53–5–1||Fitzie Fitzpatrick||KO||4 (12), 1:34||Dec 2, 1947||Cleveland Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.|
|58||Win||52–5–1||Teddy Randolph||UD||10||Nov 3, 1947||Buffalo Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, U.S.|
|57||Win||51–5–1||Clarence Jones||KO||1 (10), 2:41||Oct 27, 1947||Radio Center Arena, Huntington, West Virginia, U.S.|
|56||Win||50–5–1||Al Smith||TKO||4 (10), 1:11||Oct 16, 1947||Armory, Akron, Ohio, U.S.|
|55||Win||49–5–1||Lloyd Marshall||KO||2 (10), 2:25||Sep 29, 1947||Crosley Field, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|54||Win||48–5–1||Joe Matisi||UD||10||Sep 16, 1947||Buffalo Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, U.S.|
|53||Loss||47–5–1||Elmer Ray||SD||10||Jul 25, 1947||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|52||Win||47–4–1||Fitzie Fitzpatrick||KO||5 (10), 2:43||Jul 14, 1947||Crosley Field, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|51||Win||46–4–1||Archie Moore||MD||10||May 5, 1947||Cincinnati Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|50||Win||45–4–1||Erv Sarlin||UD||10||Apr 14, 1947||Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|49||Win||44–4–1||Jimmy Bivins||KO||4 (10), 1:17||Mar 10, 1947||Cleveland Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.|
|48||Win||43–4–1||Oakland Billy Smith||KO||5 (12), 1:38||Feb 17, 1947||Cincinnati Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|47||Win||42–4–1||Jimmy Bivins||UD||10||Nov 12, 1946||Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|46||Win||41–4–1||Oakland Billy Smith||UD||10||Sep 23, 1946||Cincinnati Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|45||Win||40–4–1||Lloyd Marshall||KO||6 (10), 0:57||Jul 29, 1946||Crosley Field, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|44||Win||39–4–1||Shelton Bell||KO||5 (10), 2:24||Jun 13, 1946||Idora Park, Youngstown, Ohio, U.S.|
|43||Win||38–4–1||Archie Moore||UD||10||May 20, 1946||Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|42||Win||37–4–1||Tommy Hubert||KO||4 (10), 1:49||May 13, 1946||Cincinnati Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|41||Win||36–4–1||George Parks||TKO||6 (10)||Apr 15, 1946||Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|40||Win||35–4–1||Billy Duncan||KO||4 (10), 1:27||Apr 1, 1946||Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|39||Win||34–4–1||Tommy Hubert||UD||10||Mar 25, 1946||Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|38||Win||33–4–1||Al Sheridan||KO||2 (10), 2:57||Feb 18, 1946||Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|37||Win||32–4–1||Al Barlow||PTS||3||Dec 16, 1944||Brancaccio Theater, Esquilino, Rome, Italy||Won Inter-Allied light heavyweight title|
|36||Win||31–4–1||Stanley Goicz||PTS||3||Dec 13, 1944||Brancaccio Theater, Esquilino, Rome, Italy|
|35||Loss||30–4–1||Lloyd Marshall||TKO||8 (10), 0:25||Mar 31, 1943||Cleveland Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.|
|34||Loss||30–3–1||Jimmy Bivins||UD||10||Jan 7, 1943||Cleveland Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.|
|33||Win||30–2–1||Joey Maxim||UD||10||Dec 1, 1942||Cleveland Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.|
|32||Win||29–2–1||Joey Maxim||UD||10||Oct 27, 1942||Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|31||Win||28–2–1||Mose Brown||KO||6 (10), 2:51||Sep 15, 1942||Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|30||Win||27–2–1||Jose Basora||KO||5 (10), 2:57||Aug 17, 1942||Hickey Park, Millvale, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|29||Win||26–2–1||Booker Beckwith||KO||9 (10), 2:19||Jul 27, 1942||Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|28||Win||25–2–1||Steve Mamakos||KO||1 (10), 2:46||Jul 14, 1942||Crosley Field, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|27||Win||24–2–1||Charley Burley||PTS||10||Jun 29, 1942||Hickey Park, Millvale, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|26||Win||23–2–1||Charley Burley||UD||10||May 25, 1942||Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|25||Loss||22–2–1||Kid Tunero||SD||10||May 13, 1942||Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|24||Win||22–1–1||Billy Pryor||PTS||10||Apr 8, 1942||Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|23||Draw||21–1–1||Ken Overlin||MD||10||Mar 2, 1942||Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|22||Win||21–1||Anton Christoforidis||TKO||3 (10), 2:42||Jan 12, 1942||Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|21||Win||20–1||Teddy Yarosz||UD||10||Nov 17, 1941||Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|20||Win||19–1||Pat Mangini||KO||1 (10), 2:50||Oct 13, 1941||Parkway Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|19||Win||18–1||Al Gilbert||TKO||5 (10), 3:00||Jul 21, 1941||Parkway Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|18||Loss||17–1||Ken Overlin||UD||10||Jun 9, 1941||Crosley Field, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|17||Win||17–0||Rudy Kozole||PTS||10||May 12, 1941||Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|16||Win||16–0||Joe Sutka||PTS||10||Mar 31, 1941||Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|15||Win||15–0||Floyd Howard||KO||7 (10)||Mar 10, 1941||Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|14||Win||14–0||Slaka Cavrich||KO||2 (10)||Feb 24, 1941||Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|13||Win||13–0||Billy Bengal||UD||10||Feb 10, 1941||Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|12||Win||12–0||Charley Jerome||KO||3 (10)||Dec 2, 1940||Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|11||Win||11–0||Marty Simmons||PTS||10||Oct 1, 1940||Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|10||Win||10–0||Billy Hood||KO||2 (10)||Sep 23, 1940||Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|9||Win||9–0||John Reeves||PTS||4||Aug 5, 1940||Haft's Acre, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.|
|8||Win||8–0||Carl Turner||PTS||6||Jun 29, 1940||Parkway Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|7||Win||7–0||Young Kid Ash||KO||3 (6), 1:20||Jun 17, 1940||Legion Hall, Portsmouth, Ohio, U.S.|
|6||Win||6–0||Frankie Williams||TKO||5 (8), 3:00||Jun 13, 1940||Parkway Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|5||Win||5–0||Charley Banks||KO||1 (6), 1:42||Jun 3, 1940||Cincinnati Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|4||Win||4–0||Charley Banks||PTS||6||May 20, 1940||Cincinnati Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|3||Win||3–0||Remo Fernandez||PTS||6||Apr 3, 1940||Cincinnati Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|2||Win||2–0||John Reeves||PTS||6||Mar 27, 1940||Cincinnati Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|1||Win||1–0||Melody Johnson||KO||4 (4)||Mar 12, 1940||Armory, Middletown, Ohio, U.S.|
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