Charles in his prime in 1950.
|Real name||Ezzard Mack Charles|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Reach||73 in (185 cm)|
|Born||7 July 1921|
Lawrenceville, Georgia, U.S.
|Died||28 May 1975 (aged 53)|
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Wins by KO||52|
Ezzard Mack Charles, known as the Cincinnati Cobra (July 7, 1921 – May 28, 1975), was an American professional boxer and World Heavyweight Champion. Known for his slick defense and precision, he is considered one of the greatest fighters of all time by boxing critics. As of July 2020, BoxRec ranks Charles as the greatest pound-for-pound boxer of all time. Charles defeated numerous Hall of Fame fighters in three different weight classes. Charles won more fights than any other heavyweight champion in boxing history, having retired with a record of 95 wins, 25 losses and 1 draw.
Charles was born in Lawrenceville, Georgia, but is commonly thought of as a Cincinnatian, where he grew up. Charles graduated from Woodward High School in Cincinnati, Ohio 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 June 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. 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.
Financial problems forced Charles to continue fighting, losing 13 of his final 23 fights (he held a record of 83 wins, 12 losses and 1 draw before financial problems became a factor in his career). He retired with a record of 93-25-1 (52 KOs). He avenged 7 losses in his career.
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 elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990.
In 2002, Charles was ranked #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.
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||1 Sep 1959||Municipal Auditorium, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.|
|120||Loss||95–24–1||George Logan||KO||8 (10), 1:50||30 Jul 1959||Fairgrounds Arena, Boise, Idaho, U.S.|
|119||Win||95–23–1||Dave Ashley||TKO||9 (10)||3 Jul 1959||Lincoln Heights High School, Lincoln Heights, California, U.S.|
|118||Loss||94–23–1||Donnie Fleeman||KO||6 (10), 2:13||27 Oct 1958||Dallas Memorial Auditorium, Dallas, Texas, U.S.|
|117||Loss||94–22–1||Alfredo Zuany||UD||10||28 Aug 1958||Plaza de Toros, Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico|
|116||Win||94–21–1||Johnny Harper||UD||10||28 Aug 1958||East-West Stadium, Fairmont, West Virginia, U.S.|
|115||Loss||93–21–1||Dick Richardson||DQ||2 (10)||2 Oct 1956||Harringay Arena, London, England|
|114||Loss||93–20–1||Harry Matthews||UD||10||31 Aug 1956||Sick's Stadium, Seattle, Washington, U.S.|
|113||Loss||93–19–1||Pat McMurtry||UD||10||13 Jul 1956||Lincoln Bowl, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.|
|112||Win||93–18–1||Bob Albright||RTD||6 (10)||19 Jun 1956||Softball Park, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.|
|111||Loss||92–18–1||Wayne Bethea||UD||10||21 May 1956||St. Nicholas Arena, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|110||Win||92–17–1||Don Jasper||TKO||9 (10), 2:46||21 Apr 1956||Windsor Arena, Windsor, Ontario, Canada|
|109||Loss||91–17–1||Young Jack Johnson||TKO||6 (10)||29 Dec 1955||Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|108||Win||91–16–1||Bob Albright||SD||10||22 Dec 1955||Cow Palace, Daly City, California, U.S.|
|107||Win||90–16–1||Toxie Hall||UD||10||6 Dec 1955||Rochester War Memorial Auditorium, Rochester, New York, U.S.|
|106||Loss||89–16–1||Toxie Hall||SD||10||14 Nov 1955||Rhode Island Auditorium, Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.|
|105||Loss||89–15–1||Tommy Jackson||UD||10||31 Aug 1955||Cleveland Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.|
|104||Loss||89–14–1||Tommy Jackson||UD||10||3 Aug 1955||War Memorial Auditorium, Syracuse, New York, U.S.|
|103||Win||89–13–1||Paul Andrews||SD||10||13 Jul 1955||Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|102||Win||88–13–1||John Holman||UD||10||8 Jun 1955||Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|101||Loss||87–13–1||John Holman||TKO||9 (10), 2:48||27 Apr 1955||Miami Beach Exhibition Hall, Miami Beach, Florida, U.S.|
|100||Win||87–12–1||Vern Escoe||KO||3 (10), 2:15||11 Apr 1955||Edmonton Gardens, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|99||Win||86–12–1||Charley Norkus||UD||10||18 Feb 1955||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|98||Loss||85–12–1||Rocky Marciano||KO||8 (15), 2:36||17 Sep 1954||Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, U.S.||For NBA, The Ring, and lineal heavyweight titles|
|97||Loss||85–11–1||Rocky Marciano||UD||15||17 Jun 1954||Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, U.S.||For NBA, The Ring, and lineal heavyweight titles|
|96||Win||85–10–1||Bob Satterfield||KO||2 (10)||13 Jan 1954||Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|95||Win||84–10–1||Coley Wallace||KO||10 (10), 2:43||16 Dec 1953||San Francisco Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S.|
|94||Loss||83–10–1||Harold Johnson||SD||10||8 Sep 1953||Connie Mack Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennyslvania, U.S.|
|93||Loss||83–9–1||Niño Valdés||UD||10||11 Aug 1953||Miami Beach Exhibition Hall, Miami Beach, Florida, U.S.|
|92||Win||83–8–1||Larry Watson||KO||5 (10), 2:50||26 May 1953||Milwaukee Arena, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.|
|91||Win||82–8–1||Billy Gilliam||UD||10||12 May 1953||Toledo Sports Arena, Toledo, Ohio, U.S.|
|90||Win||81–8–1||Rex Layne||UD||10||1 Apr 1953||Winterland Arena, San Francisco, California, U.S.|
|89||Win||80–8–1||Tommy Harrison||TKO||9 (10)||4 Feb 1953||Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.|
|88||Win||79–8–1||Wes Bascom||TKO||9 (10), 2:34||14 Jan 1953||St. Louis Arena, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.|
|87||Win||78–8–1||Frank Buford||TKO||7 (10), 2:13||15 Dec 1952||Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|86||Win||77–8–1||Jimmy Bivins||UD||10||26 Nov 1952||Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|85||Win||76–8–1||Cesar Brion||UD||10||24 Oct 1952||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|84||Win||75–8–1||Bernie Reynolds||KO||2 (12), 1:40||8 Oct 1952||Cincinnati Gardens, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|83||Loss||74–8–1||Rex Layne||PTS||10||8 Aug 1952||Ogden Stadium, Ogden, Utah, U.S.|
|82||Loss||74–7–1||Jersey Joe Walcott||UD||15||5 Jun 1952||Philadelphia Municipal Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.||For NBA, The Ring, and lineal heavyweight titles|
|81||Win||74–6–1||Joe Kahut||KO||8 (12), 1:40||12 Dec 1951||Pacific Livestock Pavilion, Portland, Oregon, U.S.|
|80||Win||73–6–1||Joey Maxim||UD||12||12 Dec 1951||Cow Palace, Daly City, California, U.S.|
|79||Win||72–6–1||Rex Layne||TKO||11 (12)||10 Oct 1951||Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|78||Loss||71–6–1||Jersey Joe Walcott||KO||7 (15), 0:55||18 Jul 1951||Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.||Lost NBA, The Ring, and lineal heavyweight titles|
|77||Win||71–5–1||Joey Maxim||UD||15||30 May 1951||Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.||Retained NBA, The Ring, and lineal heavyweight titles|
|76||Win||70–5–1||Jersey Joe Walcott||UD||15||7 Mar 1951||Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.||Retained NBA, The Ring, and lineal heavyweight titles|
|75||Win||69–5–1||Lee Oma||TKO||10 (15), 1:19||12 Jan 1951||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.||Retained NBA, The Ring, and lineal heavyweight titles|
|74||Win||68–5–1||Nick Barone||KO||11 (15), 2:06||5 Dec 1950||Cincinnati Gardens, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.||Retained NBA, The Ring, and lineal heavyweight titles|
|73||Win||67–5–1||Joe Louis||UD||15||27 Sep 1950||Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, U.S.||Retained NBA heavyweight title;|
Won vacant The Ring, and lineal heavyweight titles
|72||Win||66–5–1||Freddie Beshore||TKO||14 (15), 2:53||15 Aug 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||14 Oct 1949||Cow Palace, Daly City, California, U.S.||Retained NBA heavyweight title|
|70||Win||64–5–1||Gus Lesnevich||RTD||7 (15)||10 Aug 1949||Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, U.S.||Retained NBA heavyweight title|
|69||Win||63–5–1||Jersey Joe Walcott||UD||15||22 Jun 1949||Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.||Won vacant NBA heavyweight title|
|68||Win||62–5–1||Joey Maxim||MD||15||28 Feb 1949||Cincinnati Gardens, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|67||Win||61–5–1||Johnny Haynes||KO||8 (10)||7 Feb 1949||Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|66||Win||60–5–1||Joe Baksi||TKO||11 (15), 2:33||10 Dec 1948||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|65||Win||59–5–1||Walter Hafer||KO||7 (10)||15 Nov 1948||Cincinnati Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|64||Win||58–5–1||Jimmy Bivins||UD||10||13 Sep 1948||Griffith Stadium, Washington, D.C., U.S.|
|63||Win||57–5–1||Erv Sarlin||UD||10||20 May 1948||Buffalo Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, U.S.|
|62||Win||56–5–1||Elmer Ray||KO||9 (10), 2:43||7 May 1948||Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|61||Win||55–5–1||Sam Baroudi||KO||10 (10)||20 Feb 1948||Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|60||Win||54–5–1||Archie Moore||KO||8 (15), 2:40||13 Jan 1948||Cleveland Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.|
|59||Win||53–5–1||Fitzie Fitzpatrick||KO||4 (12), 1:34||2 Dec 1947||Cleveland Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.|
|58||Win||52–5–1||Teddy Randolph||UD||10||3 Nov 1947||Buffalo Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, U.S.|
|57||Win||51–5–1||Clarence Jones||KO||1 (10), 2:41||27 Oct 1947||Radio Center Arena, Huntington, West Virginia, U.S.|
|56||Win||50–5–1||Al Smith||TKO||4 (10), 1:11||16 Oct 1947||Armory, Akron, Ohio, U.S.|
|55||Win||49–5–1||Lloyd Marshall||KO||2 (10), 2:25||29 Sep 1947||Crosley Field, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|54||Win||48–5–1||Joe Matisi||UD||10||16 Sep 1947||Buffalo Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, U.S.|
|53||Loss||47–5–1||Elmer Ray||SD||10||25 Jul 1947||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|52||Win||47–4–1||Fitzie Fitzpatrick||KO||5 (10), 2:43||14 Jul 1947||Crosley Field, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|51||Win||46–4–1||Archie Moore||MD||10||5 May 1947||Cincinnati Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|50||Win||45–4–1||Erv Sarlin||UD||10||14 Apr 1947||Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|49||Win||44–4–1||Jimmy Bivins||KO||4 (10), 1:17||10 Mar 1947||Cleveland Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.|
|48||Win||43–4–1||Oakland Billy Smith||KO||5 (12), 1:38||17 Feb 1947||Cincinnati Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|47||Win||42–4–1||Jimmy Bivins||UD||10||12 Nov 1946||Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|46||Win||41–4–1||Oakland Billy Smith||UD||10||23 Sep 1946||Cincinnati Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|45||Win||40–4–1||Lloyd Marshall||KO||6 (10), 0:57||29 Jul 1946||Crosley Field, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|44||Win||39–4–1||Shelton Bell||KO||5 (10), 2:24||13 Jun 1946||Idora Park, Youngstown, Ohio, U.S.|
|43||Win||38–4–1||Archie Moore||UD||10||20 May 1946||Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|42||Win||37–4–1||Tommy Hubert||KO||4 (10), 1:49||13 May 1946||Cincinnati Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|41||Win||36–4–1||George Parks||TKO||6 (10)||15 Apr 1946||Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|40||Win||35–4–1||Billy Duncan||KO||4 (10), 1:27||1 Apr 1946||Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|39||Win||34–4–1||Tommy Hubert||UD||10||25 Mar 1946||Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|38||Win||33–4–1||Al Sheridan||KO||2 (10), 2:57||18 Feb 1946||Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|37||Win||32–4–1||Al Barlow||PTS||3||16 Dec 1944||Brancaccio Theater, Esquilino, Rome, Italy||Won Inter-Allied light-heavyweight title|
|36||Win||31–4–1||Stanley Goicz||PTS||3||13 Dec 1944||Brancaccio Theater, Esquilino, Rome, Italy|
|35||Loss||30–4–1||Lloyd Marshall||TKO||8 (10), 0:25||31 Mar 1943||Cleveland Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.|
|34||Loss||30–3–1||Jimmy Bivins||UD||10||7 Jan 1943||Cleveland Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.|
|33||Win||30–2–1||Joey Maxim||UD||10||1 Dec 1942||Cleveland Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.|
|32||Win||29–2–1||Joey Maxim||UD||10||27 Oct 1942||Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|31||Win||28–2–1||Mose Brown||KO||6 (10), 2:51||15 Sep 1942||Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|30||Win||27–2–1||Jose Basora||KO||5 (10), 2:57||17 Aug 1942||Hickey Park, Millvale, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|29||Win||26–2–1||Booker Beckwith||KO||9 (10), 2:19||27 Jul 1942||Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|28||Win||25–2–1||Steve Mamakos||KO||1 (10), 2:46||14 Jul 1942||Crosley Field, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|27||Win||24–2–1||Charley Burley||PTS||10||29 Jun 1942||Hickey Park, Millvale, Pennsylvania|
|26||Win||23–2–1||Charley Burley||UD||10||25 May 1942||Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|25||Loss||22–2–1||Kid Tunero||UD||10||13 May 1942||Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|24||Win||22–1–1||Billy Pryor||PTS||10||8 Apr 1942||Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|23||Draw||21–1–1||Ken Overlin||MD||10||2 Mar 1942||Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|22||Win||21–1||Anton Christoforidis||TKO||3 (10), 2:42||12 Jan 1942||Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|21||Win||20–1||Teddy Yarosz||UD||10||17 Nov 1941||Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|20||Win||19–1||Pat Mangini||KO||1 (10), 2:50||13 Oct 1941||Parkway Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|19||Win||18–1||Al Gilbert||TKO||5 (10), 3:00||21 Jul 1941||Parkway Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|18||Loss||17–1||Ken Overlin||UD||10||9 Jun 1941||Crosley Field, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|17||Win||17–0||Rudy Kozole||PTS||10||12 May 1941||Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|16||Win||16–0||Joe Sutka||PTS||10||31 Mar 1941||Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|15||Win||15–0||Floyd Howard||KO||7 (10)||10 Mar 1941||Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|14||Win||14–0||Slaka Cavrich||KO||2 (10)||24 Feb 1941||Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|13||Win||13–0||Billy Bengal||UD||10||10 Feb 1941||Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|12||Win||12–0||Charley Jerome||KO||3 (10)||2 Dec 1940||Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|11||Win||11–0||Marty Simmons||PTS||10||1 Oct 1940||Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|10||Win||10–0||Billy Hood||KO||2 (10)||23 Sep 1940||Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|9||Win||9–0||John Reeves||PTS||4||5 Aug 1940||Haft's Acre, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.|
|8||Win||8–0||Carl Turner||PTS||6||29 Jun 1940||Parkway Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|7||Win||7–0||Young Kid Ash||KO||3 (6), 1:20||17 Jun 1940||Legion Hall, Portsmouth, Ohio, U.S.|
|6||Win||6–0||Frankie Williams||TKO||5 (8), 3:00||13 Jun 1940||Parkway Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|5||Win||5–0||Charley Banks||KO||1 (6), 1:42||3 Jun 1940||Cincinnati Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|4||Win||4–0||Charley Banks||PTS||6||20 May 1940||Cincinnati Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|3||Win||3–0||Remo Fernandez||PTS||6||3 Apr 1940||Cincinnati Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|2||Win||2–0||John Reeves||PTS||6||27 Mar 1940||Cincinnati Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|1||Win||1–0||Melody Johnson||KO||4 (4)||12 Mar 1940||Armory, Middletown, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
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Title last held byJoe Louis
| NBA Heavyweight Champion
June 22, 1949 – July 18, 1951
Jersey Joe Walcott
| NYSAC Heavyweight Champion|
September 27, 1950 – July 18, 1951
| The Ring Heavyweight Champion|
September 27, 1950 – July 18, 1951
| World Heavyweight Champion|
June 16, 1951 – July 18, 1951