Jersey Joe Walcott
|Jersey Joe Walcott|
|Real name||Arnold Raymond Cream|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Reach||74 in (188 cm)|
January 31, 1914|
Merchantvillle, New Jersey
|Died||February 25, 1994
Camden, New Jersey
|Wins by KO||32|
Arnold Raymond Cream (January 31, 1914 – February 25, 1994), better known as Jersey Joe Walcott, was an American world heavyweight boxing champion. He broke the world's record for the oldest man to win the world's heavyweight title when he earned it at the age of 37 years, 168 days. That record would eventually be broken on November 5, 1994, by 45-year-old George Foreman, who defeated the 26-year-old heavyweight champion of the world Michael Moorer, to win the WBA and IBF heavyweight titles.
After retiring from boxing, Walcott did some acting, playing small parts in a few movies and television shows. He also refereed several boxing matches, but after the controversial ending to the second fight between Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston, Walcott was not asked to referee again. From 1971 to 1974, Walcott held the elected position of Camden County, New Jersey, sheriff, the first African-American to do so. From 1975 to 1984, he was the chairman of the New Jersey State Athletic Commission.
Walcott was born in Pennsauken, New Jersey. His father was an immigrant from St. Thomas, Danish West Indies. His mother was from Jordantown, New Jersey. Walcott was only 15 years old when his father died. He quit school and worked in a soup factory to support his mother and 11 younger brothers and sisters. He also began training as a boxer. He took the name of his boxing idol, Joe Walcott, a welterweight champion from Barbados. He added "Jersey" to distinguish himself and show where he was from.
He debuted as a professional boxer on September 9, 1930, fighting Cowboy Wallace and winning by a knockout in round one. After five straight knockout wins, in 1933, he lost for the first time, beaten on points by Henry Wilson in Philadelphia.
He built a record of 45 wins, 11 losses and 1 draw before challenging for the world title for the first time. Walcott lost early bouts against world-class competition. He lost a pair of fights to Tiger Jack Fox and was knocked out by contender Abe Simon. But that would change in 1945 when Walcott beat top heavyweights such as Joe Baksi, Lee Q. Murray, Curtis Sheppard and Jimmy Bivins. He closed out 1946 with a pair of losses to former light heavyweight champ Joey Maxim and heavyweight contender Elmer Ray, but promptly avenged those defeats in 1947.
On December 5, 1947, he fought Joe Louis, at thirty three years of age breaking the record as the oldest man to fight for the world heavyweight title. Despite dropping Louis in round one, and again in round four, he lost a 15 round split decision. Most ringside observers and boxing writers felt Walcott deserved the win, and so there was a rematch on June 25, 1948, when Louis prevailed, this time by a knockout in round 11.
June 22 of 1949, Walcott got another chance to become world heavyweight champion, when he and Ezzard Charles met for the title left vacant by Louis. However, Charles prevailed, winning by decision in 15 rounds. Walcott, disappointed but eager to see his dream of being a champion come true, went on, and in 1950, he won four of his five bouts, including a three round knock-out of future world light heavyweight champion Harold Johnson.
On March 7, 1951, he and Charles fought for a second time and again Charles won a 15 round decision to retain his world title. But on July 18, he joined a handful of boxers who claimed the world title in their fifth try, when he knocked out Charles in seven rounds in Pittsburgh, to finally become world's heavyweight champion, at the relatively old age of 37. This made him the oldest man ever to win the world heavyweight crown (a distinction he would hold until George Foreman won the title at age 45 in 1994).
Walcott retained the title with a 15 round decision victory against arch-enemy Charles. On September 23, 1952, he defended his title for the second time. His opponent was the undefeated Rocky Marciano. In the first round Marciano was knocked down for the first time in his career, with a left hook from Walcott. Walcott was clearly ahead in the scoring and Marciano needed a knockout to win, according to two of the three official scorecards. In the thirteenth round with Marciano pressuring Walcott against the ropes, both threw simultaneous right hands. Marciano landed his punch first on Walcott´s jaw in what is considered one of the hardest punches thrown in boxing history. Walcott collapsed with his arm hanging over the ropes then fell to the canvas where he was counted out. There was a rematch in Chicago, on May 15, 1953, and the second time around, Walcott was again defeated by Marciano by a knockout in the first round.
|Arnold "Jersey Joe Walcott" Cream|
|Sheriff of Camden County, New Jersey|
1971 – 1974
|Preceded by||Martin Segal|
|Succeeded by||Joseph W. Coyle|
January 31, 1914|
Merchantvillle, New Jersey
|Died||February 25, 1994
Camden, New Jersey
|Resting place||Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery
Pennsauken, New Jersey
|Residence||Camden, New Jersey|
He did not go away from the celebrity scene after boxing. In 1956, he co-starred with Humphrey Bogart and Max Baer in the boxing drama The Harder They Fall. In 1963, he tried professional wrestling, losing to Lou Thesz. Thesz pinned Walcott in the fifth round, but has stated that Walcott knocked him (Thesz) down and most likely out in that fifth round. As he fell to the floor, he relied on instinct, grabbing Walcott's knees, taking him down with him and stretching him out for the pin.
In 1965, Walcott refereed the controversial world heavyweight championship rematch between Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston. Walcott lost the count as Ali circled around a floored Liston and Walcott tried to get him back to a neutral corner. Then Walcott looked outside the ring (presumably to the ringside count keeper) as Ali and Liston went at each other before Walcott instructed them to keep on fighting, then Walcott approached the fighters and abruptly stopped the fight. Walcott was never again appointed as a referee after this bout.
After retiring, Walcott worked for the Camden County corrections department. In 1968, he ran for Sheriff of Camden County, but lost in the Democratic primary to Spencer H. Smith, Jr. That same year he was named director of community relations for Camden.
He served as chairman of the New Jersey State Athletic Commission from 1975 until 1984, when he stepped down at the mandatory retirement age of 70. Walcott was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York.
Professional boxing record
|51 Wins (32 knockouts, 19 decisions), 18 Losses (6 knockouts, 12 decision), 2 Draws|
|Loss||51-18-2||Rocky Marciano||KO||1 (15)||15/05/1953||Chicago Stadium, Chicago||For World Heavyweight title.|
|Loss||51-17-2||Rocky Marciano||KO||13 (15)||23/09/1952||Municipal Stadium, Philadelphia||Lost World Heavyweight title. Fight was named Ring Magazine Fight of the Year for 1952.|
|Win||51-16-2||Ezzard Charles||UD||15||05/06/1952||Municipal Stadium, Philadelphia||Retained World Heavyweight title.|
|Win||50-16-2||Ezzard Charles||KO||7 (15)||18/07/1951||Forbes Field, Pittsburgh||Won World Heavyweight title. Ring Magazine Fight of the Year for 1951.|
|Loss||49-16-2||Ezzard Charles||UD||15||07/03/1951||Olympia Stadium, Detroit||For World Heavyweight title.|
|Loss||49-15-2||Rex Layne||UD||10||24/11/1950||Madison Square Garden, New York|
|Win||49-14-2||Hein ten Hoff||UD||10||28/05/1950||VfR Mannheim, Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany|
|Win||48-14-2||Johnny Shkor||KO||1 (10)||13/03/1950||Arena, Philadelphia|
|Win||47-14-2||Omelio Agramonte||TKO||7 (10)||03/03/1950||Madison Square Garden, New York|
|Win||46-14-2||Harold Johnson||KO||3 (10)||08/02/1950||Arena, Philadelphia|
|Win||45-14-2||Olle Tandberg||TKO||5 (12)||14/08/1949||Raasunda Fotball Stadium, Stockholm, Sweden|
|Loss||44-14-2||Ezzard Charles||UD||15||22/06/1949||Comiskey Park, Chicago||For vacant NBA World Heavyweight title.|
|Loss||44-13-2||Joe Louis||KO||11 (15)||25/06/1948||Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York||For World Heavyweight title.|
|Loss||44-12-2||Joe Louis||SD||15||05/12/1947||Madison Square Garden, New York||For World Heavyweight title.|
|Win||44-11-2||Joey Maxim||SD||10||23/06/1947||Gilmore Field, Los Angeles|
|Win||43-11-2||Elmer Ray||MD||10||04/03/1947||Orange Bowl, Miami|
|Win||42-11-2||Joey Maxim||MD||10||06/01/1947||Convention Hall, Philadelphia|
|Loss||41-11-2||Elmer Ray||SD||10||15/11/1946||Madison Square Garden, New York|
|Loss||41-10-2||Joey Maxim||PTS||10||28/08/1946||Public Service Ball Park, Camden, New Jersey|
|Win||41-9-2||Tommy Gomez||TKO||3 (10)||16/08/1946||Madison Square Garden, New York|
|Win||40-9-2||Lee Oma||UD||10||24/05/1946||Madison Square Garden, New York|
|Win||39-9-2||Al Blake||TKO||4 (10)||20/03/1946||Convention Hall, Camden, New Jersey|
|Win||38-9-2||Jimmy Bivins||SD||10||25/02/1946||Arena, Cleveland, Ohio|
|Win||37-9-2||Johnny Allen||KO||3 (10)||30/01/1946||Convention Hall, Camden, New Jersey|
|Win||36-9-2||Curtis Sheppard||KO||10 (10)||10/12/1945||Coliseum, Baltimore|
|Win||35-9-2||Lee Q. Murray||DQ||9 (10)||12/11/1945||Coliseum, Baltimore|
|Win||34-9-2||Steve Dudas||TKO||5 (10)||23/10/1945||Paterson, New Jersey|
|Win||33-9-2||Johnny Denson||KO||2 (10)||20/09/1945||Convention Hall, Camden, New Jersey|
|Win||32-9-2||Joe Baksi||PTS||10||02/08/1945||Convention Hall, Camden, New Jersey|
|Win||31-9-2||Johnny Allen||PTS||8||15/03/1945||Convention Hall, Camden, New Jersey|
|Win||30-9-2||Austin Johnson||PTS||6||22/02/1945||Convention Hall, Camden, New Jersey|
|Loss||29-9-2||Johnny Allen||PTS||8||25/01/1945||Convention Hall, Camden, New Jersey|
|Win||29-8-2||Jackie Saunders||TKO||2 (8)||11/01/1945||Convention Hall, Camden, New Jersey|
|Win||28-8-2||Ellis Singleton||KO||3 (8)||28/06/1944||Batesville A.C., Haddonfield, New Jersey|
|Win||27-8-2||Felix Del Paoli||PTS||8||07/06/1944||Batesville A.C., Haddonfield, New Jersey|
|Loss||26-8-2||Abe Simon||KO||6 (8)||12/02/1940||Laurel Garden, Newark, New Jersey|
|Win||26-7-2||Tiger Red Lewis||TKO||6 (8)||19/01/1940||Cambria A.C., Philadelphia|
|Win||25-7-2||Curtis Sheppard||PTS||8||18/11/1939||Rockland Palace, New York|
|Win||24-7-2||Al Boros||PTS||8||14/08/1939||Meadowbrook Bowl, Newark, New Jersey|
|Win||23-7-2||Bob Tow||PTS||8||23/12/1938||114th Infantry Armory, Camden, New Jersey|
|Loss||22-7-2||Roy Lazer||PTS||8||14/06/1938||Fairview Arena, Camden, New Jersey|
|Loss||22-6-2||Tiger Jack Fox||PTS||10||10/05/1938||Convention Hall, Camden, New Jersey|
|Win||22-5-2||Lorenzo Pack||KO||4 (8)||12/04/1938||Convention Hall, Camden, New Jersey|
|Win||21-5-2||Art Sykes||KO||4 (8)||25/03/1938||Cambria A.C., Philadelphia|
|Win||20-5-2||Jim Whitest||PTS||8||20/01/1938||Olympia A.C., Philadelphia|
|Win||19-5-2||Freddie Fiducia||PTS||8||10/01/1938||Arena, Philadelphia|
|Loss||18-5-2||George Brothers||PTS||8||09/10/1937||Rockland Palace, New York|
|Win||18-4-2||Elmer Ray||KO||3 (6)||25/09/1937||Rockland Palace, New York|
|Win||17-4-2||Joe Lipps||KO||2 (8)||03/09/1937||Garden Pier, Atlantic City, New Jersey|
|Loss||16-4-2||Tiger Jack Fox||KO||8 (10)||22/05/1937||Rockland Palace, New York|
|Loss||16-3-2||Billy Ketchell||PTS||10||01/09/1936||Arena, Pennsauken, New Jersey|
|Win||16-2-2||Carmen Passarella||PTS||8||01/08/1936||Convention Hall, Camden, New Jersey|
|Draw||15-2-2||Billy Ketchell||PTS||10||14/07/1936||Arena, Pennsauken, New Jersey|
|Win||15-2-1||Phil Johnson||TKO||3 (6)||22/06/1936||Phillies Ballpark, Philadelphia|
|Win||14-2-1||Louis LePage||KO||3 (6)||16/06/1936||Coney Island Velodrome, Brooklyn, New York|
|Draw||13-2-1||Billy Ketchell||PTS||10||04/06/1936||Convention Hall, Camden, New Jersey|
|Win||13–2||Joe Colucci||KO||4 (8)||28/04/1936||Convention Hall, Camden, New Jersey|
|Win||12–2||Willie Reddish||PTS||10||16/03/1936||Arena, Philadelphia|
|Loss||11–2||Al Ettore||KO||8 (10)||21/01/1936||Convention Hall, Camden, New Jersey|
|Win||11–1||Roxie Allen||KO||7 (8)||26/11/1935||Convention Hall, Camden, New Jersey|
|Win||10–1||Al King||KO||1 (8)||29/10/1935||Convention Hall, Camden, New Jersey|
|Win||9–1||Pat Roland||KO||4 (8)||01/10/1935||Convention Hall, Camden, New Jersey|
|Win||8–1||Lew Alva||KO||1 (8)||27/08/1935||Arena, Pennsauken, New Jersey|
|Win||7–1||Al Lang||KO||1 (6)||21/05/1935||Convention Hall, Camden, New Jersey|
|Loss||6–1||Henry Taylor||PTS||6||16/11/1933||New Broadway A.C., Philadelphia|
|Win||6–0||Henry Taylor||TKO||1 (6)||28/07/1933||Arena, Pennsauken, New Jersey|
|Win||5–0||Bob Norris||KO||1 (6)||05/05/1933||Camden, New Jersey||Exact date unknown.|
|Win||4–0||Carl Mays||KO||2 (6)||20/04/1931||Waltz Dream Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey|
|Win||3–0||Frank Matthews||TKO||4 (6)||24/10/1930||Convention Hall, Camden, New Jersey|
|Win||2–0||Jimmy O'Tooleb||TKO||4 (6)||10/10/1930||Convention Hall, Camden, New Jersey|
|Win||1–0||Cowboy Frank Willis||KO||1 (6)||09/09/1930||Vineland Arena, Vineland, New Jersey|
- Left Hook Stops Charles in 7th, Makes Walcott Oldest Champ, 1951, The Milwaukee Journal
- "Joe Walcott in Primary for Sheriff". AP. June 28, 1968. Retrieved 17 December 2011.
- "A List Of Camden County's Past Sheriffs". Office of the Sheriff Camden County, New Jersey. Camden County Sheriff's Office. Retrieved 17 December 2011.
- "Former Champ Wins Election". UPI. November 4, 1971. Retrieved 17 December 2011.
- "Jersey Joe Walcott In Sheriff's Race". AP. April 28, 1971. Retrieved 17 December 2011.
- "It's Sheriff Jersey Joe". The Age. November 11, 1971. Retrieved 17 December 2011.
- The Star Ledger. section four. page 4. August 24, 2014
|Awards and achievements|
|World Heavyweight Champion
July 18, 1951–1952
|Oldest Heavyweight Champion
July 18, 1951 – November 5, 1994