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Jersey Joe Walcott

Jersey Joe Walcott
Walcott with Robert Culp in Cain's Hundred, 1962.
Statistics
Real name Arnold Raymond Cream
Nickname(s) Jersey Joe
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Reach 74 in (188 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1914-01-31)January 31, 1914
Merchantvillle, New Jersey
Died February 25, 1994(1994-02-25) (aged 80)
Camden, New Jersey
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 71
Wins 51
Wins by KO 32
Losses 18
Draws 2
No contests 0

Arnold Raymond Cream (January 31, 1914 – February 25, 1994), better known as Jersey Joe Walcott, was an American world Michael Moorer, to win the WBA and IBF heavyweight titles.

Contents

  • Background 1
  • Boxing career 2
  • Post boxing 3
    • Political career 3.1
  • Professional boxing record 4
  • Honors 5
  • See also 6
  • Notes 7
  • External links 8

Background

Walcott was born in Pennsauken, New Jersey. His father was an immigrant from St. Thomas, Danish West Indies. His mother was from Jordantown, New Jersey. Walcott was only 15 years old when his father died. He quit school and worked in a soup factory to support his mother and 11 younger brothers and sisters. He also began training as a boxer. He took the name of his boxing idol, Joe Walcott, a welterweight champion from Barbados. He added "Jersey" to distinguish himself and show where he was from.

Boxing career

He debuted as a professional boxer on September 9, 1930, fighting Cowboy Wallace and winning by a knockout in round one. After five straight knockout wins, in 1933, he lost for the first time, beaten on points by Henry Wilson in Philadelphia.

He built a record of 45 wins, 11 losses and 1 draw before challenging for the world title for the first time. Walcott lost early bouts against world-class competition. He lost a pair of fights to Tiger Jack Fox and was knocked out by contender Abe Simon. But that would change in 1945 when Walcott beat top heavyweights such as Joe Baksi, Lee Q. Murray, Curtis Sheppard and Jimmy Bivins. He closed out 1946 with a pair of losses to former light heavyweight champ Joey Maxim and heavyweight contender Elmer Ray, but promptly avenged those defeats in 1947.

On December 5, 1947, he fought Joe Louis, at thirty three years of age breaking the record as the oldest man to fight for the world heavyweight title. Despite dropping Louis in round one, and once again in round four, he lost a 15 round split decision. Most ringside observers and boxing writers felt Walcott deserved the win, and so there was a rematch on June 25, 1948, when Louis prevailed once again, this time by a knockout in round 11.

June 22 of 1949, Walcott got another chance to become world heavyweight champion, when he and Ezzard Charles met for the title left vacant by Louis. However, Charles prevailed, winning by decision in 15 rounds. Walcott, disappointed but eager to see his dream of being a champion come true, went on, and in 1950, he won four of his five bouts, including a three round knock-out of future world light heavyweight champion Harold Johnson.

On March 7, 1951, he and Charles fought for a second time and once again Charles won a 15 round decision to retain his world title. But on July 18, he joined a handful of boxers who claimed the world title in their fifth try, when he knocked out Charles in seven rounds in George Foreman won the title at age 45 in 1994).

Walcott retained the title with a 15 round decision victory against arch-enemy Charles. On September 23, 1952, he defended his title for the second time. His opponent was the undefeated Rocky Marciano. In the first round Marciano was knocked down with a left hook for the first time in his career. Walcott was clearly ahead in the scoring and Marciano needed a knockout to win, according to two of the three official scorecards. In the thirteenth round with Marciano pressuring Walcott against the ropes, both threw simultaneous right hands. Marciano landed his punch first on Walcott´s jaw in what is considered one of the hardest punches thrown in boxing history. Walcott collapsed with his arm hanging over the ropes then fell to the canvas where he was counted out. There was a rematch in Chicago, on May 15, 1953, and the second time around, Walcott was again defeated by Marciano by a knockout in the first round.

Post boxing

Arnold "Jersey Joe Walcott" Cream[2][3]
Sheriff of Camden County, New Jersey
In office
1971[3] – 1974[3]
Preceded by Martin Segal[3]
Succeeded by Joseph W. Coyle[3]
Personal details
Born (1914-01-31)January 31, 1914
Merchantvillle, New Jersey
Died February 25, 1994(1994-02-25) (aged 80)
Camden, New Jersey
Resting place Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery
Pennsauken, New Jersey
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Residence Camden, New Jersey
Occupation Boxer

He did not go away from the celebrity scene after boxing. In 1956, he co-starred with Humphrey Bogart and Max Baer in the boxing drama The Harder They Fall. In 1963, he tried professional wrestling, losing to Lou Thesz. Thesz pinned Walcott in the fifth round, but has stated that Walcott knocked him (Thesz) down and most likely out in that fifth round. As he fell to the floor, he relied on instinct, grabbing Walcotts knees, taking him down with him and stretching him out for the pin.

In 1965, he refereed the controversial world heavyweight championship bout between Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston. Walcott lost the count as Ali circled around a floored Liston and Walcott tried to get him back to a neutral corner. Then Walcott looked outside the ring (presumably to the ringside count keeper) as Ali and Liston went at each other before Walcott instructed them to keep on fighting, then Walcott approached the fighters and abruptly stopped the fight. Walcott would never be appointed as a referee after this bout.

Political career

After retiring, Walcott worked for the Camden County corrections department.[4] In 1968, he ran for Sheriff of Camden County, but lost in the Democratic primary to Spencer H. Smith, Jr.[2][5] That same year he was named director of community relations for Camden.[4]

In 1971 he once again ran for Camden County Sheriff. He defeated Republican William Strang in the general election.[4] He was the first African-American to serve as Sheriff in Camden County.[6]

He served as chairman of the New Jersey State Athletic Commission from 1975 until 1984, when he stepped down at the mandatory retirement age of 70. Walcott was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York.

Professional boxing record

51 Wins (32 knockouts, 19 decisions), 18 Losses (6 knockouts, 12 decision), 2 Draws[7]
Res. Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 51-18-2 Rocky Marciano KO 1 (15) 15/05/1953 Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, United States For World Heavyweight title.
Loss 51-17-2 Rocky Marciano KO 13 (15) 23/09/1952 Municipal Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Lost World Heavyweight title. Fight was named Ring Magazine Fight of the Year for 1952.
Win 51-16-2 Ezzard Charles UD 15 05/06/1952 Municipal Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Retained World Heavyweight title.
Win 50-16-2 Ezzard Charles KO 7 (15) 18/07/1951 Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States Won World Heavyweight title. Ring Magazine Fight of the Year for 1951.
Loss 49-16-2 Ezzard Charles UD 15 07/03/1951 Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, United States For World Heavyweight title.
Loss 49-15-2 Rex Layne UD 10 24/11/1950 Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States
Win 49-14-2 Hein ten Hoff UD 10 28/05/1950 VfR Mannheim, Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Win 48-14-2 Johnny Shkor KO 1 (10) 13/03/1950 Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 47-14-2 Omelio Agramonte TKO 7 (10) 03/03/1950 Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States
Win 46-14-2 Harold Johnson KO 3 (10) 08/02/1950 Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 45-14-2 Olle Tandberg TKO 5 (12) 14/08/1949 Raasunda Fotball Stadium, Stockholm, Sweden
Loss 44-14-2 Ezzard Charles UD 15 22/06/1949 Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois, United States For vacant NBA World Heavyweight title.
Loss 44-13-2 Joe Louis KO 11 (15) 25/06/1948 Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, United States For World Heavyweight title.
Loss 44-12-2 Joe Louis SD 15 05/12/1947 Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States For World Heavyweight title.
Win 44-11-2 Joey Maxim SD 10 23/06/1947 Gilmore Field, Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 43-11-2 Elmer Ray MD 10 04/03/1947 Orange Bowl, Miami, Florida, United States
Win 42-11-2 Joey Maxim MD 10 06/01/1947 Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Loss 41-11-2 Elmer Ray SD 10 15/11/1946 Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States
Loss 41-10-2 Joey Maxim PTS 10 28/08/1946 Public Service Ball Park, Camden, New Jersey, United States
Win 41-9-2 Tommy Gomez TKO 3 (10) 16/08/1946 Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States
Win 40-9-2 Lee Oma UD 10 24/05/1946 Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States
Win 39-9-2 Al Blake TKO 4 (10) 20/03/1946 Convention Hall, Camden, New Jersey, United States
Win 38-9-2 Jimmy Bivins SD 10 25/02/1946 Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Win 37-9-2 Johnny Allen KO 3 (10) 30/01/1946 Convention Hall, Camden, New Jersey, United States
Win 36-9-2 Curtis Sheppard KO 10 (10) 10/12/1945 Coliseum, Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Win 35-9-2 Lee Q. Murray DQ 9 (10) 12/11/1945 Coliseum, Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Win 34-9-2 Steve Dudas TKO 5 (10) 23/10/1945 Paterson, New Jersey, United States
Win 33-9-2 Johnny Denson KO 2 (10) 20/09/1945 Convention Hall, Camden, New Jersey, United States
Win 32-9-2 Joe Baksi PTS 10 02/08/1945 Convention Hall, Camden, New Jersey, United States
Win 31-9-2 Johnny Allen PTS 8 15/03/1945 Convention Hall, Camden, New Jersey, United States
Win 30-9-2 Austin Johnson PTS 6 22/02/1945 Convention Hall, Camden, New Jersey, United States
Loss 29-9-2 Johnny Allen PTS 8 25/01/1945 Convention Hall, Camden, New Jersey, United States
Win 29-8-2 Jackie Saunders TKO 2 (8) 11/01/1945 Convention Hall, Camden, New Jersey, United States
Win 28-8-2 Ellis Singleton KO 3 (8) 28/06/1944 Batesville A.C., Haddonfield, New Jersey, United States
Win 27-8-2 Felix Del Paoli PTS 8 07/06/1944 Batesville A.C., Haddonfield, New Jersey, United States
Loss 26-8-2 Abe Simon KO 6 (8) 12/02/1940 Laurel Garden, Newark, New Jersey, United States
Win 26-7-2 Tiger Red Lewis TKO 6 (8) 19/01/1940 Cambria A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 25-7-2 Curtis Sheppard PTS 8 18/11/1939 Rockland Palace, New York, New York, United States
Win 24-7-2 Al Boros PTS 8 14/08/1939 Meadowbrook Bowl, Newark, New Jersey, United States
Win 23-7-2 Bob Tow PTS 8 23/12/1938 114th Infantry Armory, Camden, New Jersey, United States
Loss 22-7-2 Roy Lazer PTS 8 14/06/1938 Fairview Arena, Camden, New Jersey, United States
Loss 22-6-2 Tiger Jack Fox PTS 10 10/05/1938 Convention Hall, Camden, New Jersey, United States
Win 22-5-2 Lorenzo Pack KO 4 (8) 12/04/1938 Convention Hall, Camden, New Jersey, United States
Win 21-5-2 Art Sykes KO 4 (8) 25/03/1938 Cambria A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 20-5-2 Jim Whitest PTS 8 20/01/1938 Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 19-5-2 Freddie Fiducia PTS 8 10/01/1938 Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Loss 18-5-2 George Brothers PTS 8 09/10/1937 Rockland Palace, New York, New York, United States
Win 18-4-2 Elmer Ray KO 3 (6) 25/09/1937 Rockland Palace, New York, New York, United States
Win 17-4-2 Joe Lipps KO 2 (8) 03/09/1937 Garden Pier, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss 16-4-2 Tiger Jack Fox KO 8 (10) 22/05/1937 Rockland Palace, New York, New York, United States
Loss 16-3-2 Billy Ketchell PTS 10 01/09/1936 Arena, Pennsauken, New Jersey, United States
Win 16-2-2 Carmen Passarella PTS 8 01/08/1936 Convention Hall, Camden, New Jersey, United States
Draw 15-2-2 Billy Ketchell PTS 10 14/07/1936 Arena, Pennsauken, New Jersey, United States
Win 15-2-1 Phil Johnson TKO 3 (6) 22/06/1936 Phillies Ballpark, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 14-2-1 Louis LePage KO 3 (6) 16/06/1936 Coney Island Velodrome, Brooklyn, New York, United States
Draw 13-2-1 Billy Ketchell PTS 10 04/06/1936 Convention Hall, Camden, New Jersey, United States
Win 13–2 Joe Colucci KO 4 (8) 28/04/1936 Convention Hall, Camden, New Jersey, United States
Win 12–2 Willie Reddish PTS 10 16/03/1936 Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Loss 11–2 Al Ettore KO 8 (10) 21/01/1936 Convention Hall, Camden, New Jersey, United States
Win 11–1 Roxie Allen KO 7 (8) 26/11/1935 Convention Hall, Camden, New Jersey, United States
Win 10–1 Al King KO 1 (8) 29/10/1935 Convention Hall, Camden, New Jersey, United States
Win 9–1 Pat Roland KO 4 (8) 01/10/1935 Convention Hall, Camden, New Jersey, United States
Win 8–1 Lew Alva KO 1 (8) 27/08/1935 Arena, Pennsauken, New Jersey, United States
Win 7–1 Al Lang KO 1 (6) 21/05/1935 Convention Hall, Camden, New Jersey, United States
Loss 6–1 Henry Taylor PTS 6 16/11/1933 New Broadway A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 6–0 Henry Taylor TKO 1 (6) 28/07/1933 Arena, Pennsauken, New Jersey, United States
Win 5–0 Bob Norris KO 1 (6) 05/05/1933 Camden, New Jersey, United States Exact date unknown.
Win 4–0 Carl Mays KO 2 (6) 20/04/1931 Waltz Dream Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 3–0 Frank Matthews TKO 4 (6) 24/10/1930 Convention Hall, Camden, New Jersey, United States
Win 2–0 Jimmy O'Tooleb TKO 4 (6) 10/10/1930 Convention Hall, Camden, New Jersey, United States
Win 1–0 Cowboy Frank Willis KO 1 (6) 09/09/1930 Vineland Arena, Vineland, New Jersey, United States

Honors

In 2013, Walcott was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame.[8]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Left Hook Stops Charles in 7th, Makes Walcott Oldest Champ, 1951, The Milwaukee Journal
  2. ^ a b "Joe Walcott in Primary for Sheriff". AP. June 28, 1968. Retrieved 17 December 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "A List Of Camden County's Past Sheriffs". Office of the Sheriff Camden County, New Jersey. Camden County Sheriff's Office. Retrieved 17 December 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c "Former Champ Wins Election". UPI. November 4, 1971. Retrieved 17 December 2011. 
  5. ^ "Jersey Joe Walcott In Sheriff's Race". AP. April 28, 1971. Retrieved 17 December 2011. 
  6. ^ "It's Sheriff Jersey Joe". The Age. November 11, 1971. Retrieved 17 December 2011. 
  7. ^ http://boxrec.com/list_bouts.php?human_id=011028&cat=boxer
  8. ^ The Star Ledger. section four. page 4. August 24, 2014

External links

  • Professional boxing record for Jersey Joe Walcott from BoxRec
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Ezzard Charles
World Heavyweight Champion
July 18, 1951–1952
Succeeded by
Rocky Marciano
Preceded by
Jess Willard
Oldest Heavyweight Champion
July 18, 1951 - November 5, 1994
Succeeded by
George Foreman
Preceded by
Sugar Ray Robinson
Edward J. Neil Trophy
(BWAA Fighter of the Year)

1951
Succeeded by
Rocky Marciano
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