'He was one of the finest technicians in heavyweight boxing history,' Eddie Futch, who trained Louis, said. 'He was a credit to the game and a good man after he retired.'
Walcott was 37 when his time finally came on 7 July 1951 when he knocked out Ezzard Charles with a left hook in the seventh round to become champion. He beat Charles again before losing the crown the next year to Rocky Marciano. He lost a rematch and retired with a 50-18-1 record with 30 knock-outs in a career that began in 1930.Reuse content