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This Day in Georgia History

May 27, 1975

Ezzard Charles Died

Georgia-born heavyweight boxing champion Ezzard Charles died at age 53 in Chicago (some sources cite May 28). 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.