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Charles, Ezzard


Heavyweight boxing champion (1949-51) Ezzard (Mack) Charles was born in Lawrenceville, Georgia on July 7, 1921. Charles became heavyweight champion in September 1950, when he defeated Joe Louis on points in 15 rounds. He lost the title to Jersey Joe Walcott in a 7-round knockout in 1951. Charles died May 28, 1975 in Chicago. He had a lifetime boxing record of 92-25-1 (58 by knockout). He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990. Four years after his death, the Lawrenceville Jaycess dedicated a granite monument to Charles on the grounds of the old Gwinnett County courthouse in Lawrenceville.

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Source: Photo by Ed Jackson