On today: Ezzard Charles scores explosive second-round knockout of Bernie Reynolds

“The Cincinnati Cobra” strikes.

On October 8, 1952, Ezzard Charles scored a brutal second-round knockout over Bernie Reynolds at Cincinnati Gardens in Cincinnati, Ohio. The official time was 1:40.

Charles, the previous heavyweight champion of the world, was coming off back-to-back defeats to Jersey Joe Walcott (UD 15) and Rex Layne (controversial 10-round factors loss). The Walcott title rivalry had ended at two wins a bit however there could be no fifth chapter and Charles was now on the rebuild.

Reynolds was as soon as a promising heavyweight from Fairfield, Connecticut. Nevertheless, his professional begin had been delayed by navy service throughout World Battle II, and after amassing a formidable 51-7-1 report within the paid ranks, Reynolds elected to serve his nation as soon as once more in Korea throughout the early Fifties. These struggle years are believed to have prices him an ample quantity of his prime.

However regardless of his comparatively low ceiling within the sport, Reynolds shared the ring with three of the very best to ever do it. He took half in a four-round exhibition with then-champion Joe Louis in 1948, and simply 5 months previous to dealing with Charles, Reynolds was knocked out in three by fast-rising contender Rocky Marciano.

As was the case towards “The Rock,” Reynolds was fully out of his depth towards Charles.

The primary spherical was fast-paced and the previous champ managed it with an correct jab and a well-timed physique assault. Nevertheless, Charles was simply getting began. Simply earlier than the halfway level of the second, mixtures started to land with alarming regularity. A left hook-right handcrafted Reynolds’ legs dip and a robust physique assault arrange an electrifying end. A left hook to the jaw and a proper hand excessive on the top momentarily froze Reynolds earlier than he fell to the canvas as straight as a lamppost.

Charles, the consensus selection for biggest mild heavyweight of all time, fought on till 1959. He was defeated twice by Marciano in title fights (UD 15 and KO 8).

The next 12 months, Reynolds retired on the again of a first-round knockout loss to Canadian puncher Earl Partitions.

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