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March 08, 1951

THE TIMES PICAYUNE, New Orleans, Louisiana, March 8, 1951

* Ezzard Charles vs. Jersey Joe Walcott
* Heavyweight Boxing title fight

This 62 page newspaper has a two column headline on page 25:

* Ezzard Charles Wins Easily Over Walcott

Other news of day throughout. Light browning with minor margin wear, otherwise in good condition.

wikipedia notes: 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. Charles prevailed, however, 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 of 1951, he and Charles fought once again, and Charles retained the world title with a 15 round decision. 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).

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