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This Day in Georgia History

July 07, 1921

Ezzard Charles Born

Heavyweight boxing champion (1949-51) Ezzard (Mack) Charles was born in Lawrenceville, Georgia. 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.