Happy Birthday to 2018 ACBHOF Inductee – Jersey Joe Walcott

Written by Rob Scott

One of the Greatest for the Longest

Jersey Joe Walcott’s significant contribution to the sport of boxing has led his name to be a welcome and deserved addition, along side other greats, into the Atlantic City Boxing Hall Of Fame class of  2018.

Jersey Joe Walcott 1937
Jersey Joe Walcott – 1937

 

A Heavyweight Record

Jersey Joe held the heavyweight championship from 1951-1952. At age 37, Walcott won the crown with an spectacular left hook, defeating former champion, Ezzard Charles, by 7th round Knockout.

Being the oldest man to win the heavyweight championship in history at the time, George Foreman now being the oldest at 45 years old, Walcott eventually lost the title to Rocky Marciano and later their subsequent rematch.

Finishing Strong

He went on to finish his career with a record of 51-18-2 (32 KOs) at the age of thirty-nine.

Walcott had strong ties to the State of New Jersey. He was born in 1914 in Pennsauken and made residence in Camden. In his career, he twice fought in an Atlantic City boxing ring. After his in-ring boxing career ended, he went on to serve as the very first African American Sheriff in Camden County. He also served as the Chairman of the New Jersey State Athletic Commission for nine years until he reached the mandatory retirement age of 70. He passed away in 1994 at the age of 80.

Happy Birthday, Jersey Joe!

Happy Birthday  to Mr. Arnold Raymond Cream, better known to the world as Jersey Joe Walcott.

Taking on Ezzard Charles

Jersey Joe vs. Ezzard Charles
Forbes Field
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
July 18, 1951

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