|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 53) (aged|
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.As of May 2021, BoxRec ranks Charles as the second greatest boxer of all time, pound for pound, behind Floyd Mayweather Jr. 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.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.
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.
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.
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.
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. [ citation needed ] Charles died on May 28, 1975, in Chicago.
In 1976, Cincinnati honored Charles by changing the name of Lincoln Park Drive to Ezzard Charles Drive. This was the street of his residence during the height of his career.
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.
In 2007, ESPN online ranks Ezzard Charles as the 27th greatest boxer of all time, ahead of such notable fighters as Mike Tyson, Larry Holmes and Jake LaMotta.
In 2009, Boxing magazine listed Ezzard Charles as the greatest Light Heavyweight fighter ever, ahead of the likes of Archie Moore, Bob Foster, Michael Spinks and Gene Tunney.
Prominent boxing historian Bert Sugar listed Charles as the seventh greatest Heavyweight of all time.
|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||Aug 28, 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 NBA, NYSAC, 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 NBA, NYSAC, 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 NBA, NYSAC, 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 NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring heavyweight titles|
|77||Win||71–5–1||Joey Maxim||UD||15||May 30, 1951||Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.||Retained NBA, NYSAC, 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 NBA, NYSAC, 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 NBA, NYSAC, 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 NBA, NYSAC, 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||UD||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, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
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Elmer "Kid Violent" Ray was an American heavyweight boxer who fought from 1926 to 1949. He was born in Federal Point, Florida. Ray was known as a hard puncher and had a career record of 86 -13-1. Ray never fought for the title, but did fight future heavyweight champions Ezzard Charles and Jersey Joe Walcott. In three fights with Walcott, Ray suffered a three round knockout on September 25, 1937, rebounded to outpoint Walcott on November 15, 1946, and lost the third fight by decision. He defeated Charles on a split decision on July 25, 1947, but was knocked out in the 9th round of their rematch on May 7, 1948. He also boxed light heavyweight champion John Henry Lewis, but was stopped in the 12th round on May 19, 1938. In 2003, Ray made the Ring Magazine's list of 100 greatest punchers of all-time at number 44.
Bob "Bombardier" Satterfield was a heavyweight boxer who fought from 1945–1957. Satterfield, who never fought for the title, retired with a record of 50 wins, 25 losses and 4 draws. He is in Ring magazine's list of 100 greatest punchers of all time at number 58. Satterfield later died from cancer at the age of 53.
Charley Burley was an American boxer who fought as a welterweight and middleweight from 1936 to 1950. Archie Moore, the light-heavyweight champion who was defeated by Burley in a 1944 middleweight bout, was one of several fighters who called Burley the greatest fighter ever. Burley was the penultimate holder of both the World Colored Welterweight Championship and the World Colored Middleweight Championship.
Duilio Spagnolo was an Italian boxer who was a heavyweight contender during the Joe Louis, Ezzard Charles, Jersey Joe Walcott and Rocky Marciano eras.
Thomas "Tommy" Jackson, often known as "Hurricane" Jackson, was an American professional boxer who competed from 1951 to 1961. In July 1957, he fought Floyd Patterson for the heavyweight championship. Jackson was noted for his stamina, bravery, and unorthodox style as a fighter. He was trained and managed by Whitey Bimstein.
Niño Valdés was the Cuban heavyweight boxing champion in the 1940s and 1950s. Statistical boxing website BoxRec rates Valdés as the 6th best Cuban boxer ever across all weight divisions.
James Louis Bivins, was an American heavyweight boxer whose professional career ran from 1940 to 1955. He was born in Dry Branch, Georgia. Although he was never given the opportunity to fight for a world title, despite at one point being the number one contender in both the light heavyweight and heavyweight divisions, Bivins fought and defeated many of the great fighters of his era and won the "Duration" Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight titles. Fifteen of Bivins' victorious fights were rated 5-Star by BoxRec, including six at heavyweight. In recognition of his achievements in the ring - among other things, he defeated eight of the eleven world champions he faced - Bivins was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1999. He was also the one-time husband of Dollree Mapp, the subject of prominent Supreme Court case regarding the rights of search and seizures.
Rex Gessel Layne was a former heavyweight professional boxer. Sometimes termed the "Lewiston Larruper," the top rated Layne never fought for the heavyweight title, but notched victories over such greats as future world champions Ezzard Charles and Jersey Joe Walcott.
Joe Baksi was a top heavyweight contender who defeated fighters such as Tami Mauriello, Lee Savold, Lou Nova, and Freddie Mills, while losing decisions to Jersey Joe Walcott and Ezzard Charles.
Kid Norfolk was an American professional boxer who fought as a Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight from 1910 through 1926, holding wins over many notable boxers of his day including Joe Jeanette, Billy Miske, Jack Blackburn, Harry Greb, Tiger Flowers, Battling Siki, and Gunboat Smith. Norfolk was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2007.