Time for Part II in our three part look at the boxing techniques of the late, great Ezzard Charles, aka “The Cincinnati Cobra.” As stated before, compared to numerous other ring legends, Charles just doesn’t get the attention and love that he deserves, his name and his accomplishments being unfamiliar to so many non-hardcore fight fans. Retiring with a record of 95-25-1 after toiling in one of boxing’s most competitive eras and facing a long list of all-time greats, the name of “Ezzard Charles” just does not come up as often as it should when talk turns to the greatest pugilists of all-time.
That said, Charles does have his vocal supporters, one of them being Hammad Yusuf, who has studied the ring exploits of perhaps the greatest light heavyweight of all-time and created some highly informative videos on Ezzard’s skills. We presented the first video on “The Subtle Brilliance Of Ezzard Charles” a few days ago and now bring you Part II, which centers on, among other things, Ezzard’s dangerous left hook, the clever timing of his attacks, and his ability to exploit an opponent’s expectations. The video also features some rarely-viewed film footage of Charles in action that even some historians may not have seen before. Check it out: