Re: Is Ezzard Charles underrated?
Ezzard Charles - A feared contender at middleweight and light heavyweight, 'the Cincinnati Cobra' was never given an opportunity to fight for a world title at 175 pounds, so he jumped to heavyweight where he won the vacant NBA title by out-pointing Jersey Joe Walcott. He won the "world" title from an aging, comebacking Joe Louis and eventually defended the title eight times (counting three defenses of the NBA belt). But despite his heavyweight accomplishments, Charles is recognized by most historians as the greatest light heavyweight ever. This is due to his three wins over Archie Moore (one of which was by TKO), two wins over Charley Burley, five wins over Joey Maxim, four wins over Jimmy Bivins (he was 4-1 out of five meetings) and two wins over Lloyd Marshall (he was 2-1 out of three meetings). Charles also gave Rocky Marciano two of the Rock's toughest fights in epic heavyweight title encounters.