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Jersey Joe Walcott vs. Ezzard Charles...

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July 19, 1951

THE TIMES PICAYUNE, New Orleans, Louisiana, July 19, 1951

* Jersey Joe Walcott vs. Ezzard Charles
* Oldest heavyweight boxing champion

This 52 page newspaper has a six column headline on page 24: "Walcott Wins World Heavyweight Crown; Stops Charles in 7th" with subheads and action photo. (see) Tells of Jersey Joe Walcott becoming the oldest heavyweight boxing champion of all time, at the time until George Foreman in 1994.

Other news of the day throughout. Little spine and mior central fold wear, otherwise good.

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).

Walcott retained the title with a 15 round decision victory against arch-enemy Charles, then, on September 23, 1952, he lost his title to Rocky Marciano by knockout in round 13.

There was a rematch, on May 15, 1953, in Chicago, and the second time around, Walcott was unable to regain his belt when he was again defeated by Marciano by a knockout in the first round.

Category: The 20th Century