Jersey Joe Walcott

A Boxing Biography

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About the Book

Born into extreme poverty in 1914, Jersey Joe Walcott began boxing at the age of 16 to help feed his hungry family. After ten years, without proper training and with little to show for his efforts beyond some frightful beatings, Walcott quit the ring. A chance meeting with a fight promoter who recognized the potential in his iron chin and hard punch turned Walcott’s fortunes around, launching one of the greatest comebacks in boxing history.
This biography details Walcott’s youth, his dismal early career, and his legendary climb to become the heavyweight champion of the world at age 37, at the time the oldest man ever to win the coveted title. Along the way, he battled some of the most feared champions of his day, including Joe Louis, Ezzard Charles, and Rocky Marciano. With numerous period photographs and a foreword from Walcott’s grandson, this work provides an intimate look at one of the grittiest, most determined boxers of the 20th century.

About the Author(s)

James Curl is a member of the International Boxing Research Organization and has written articles for IBRO Journal and East Side Boxing. He lives in Rancho Cordova, California.

Bibliographic Details

James Curl
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 239
Bibliographic Info: 29 photos, appendix, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2012
pISBN: 978-0-7864-6822-5
eISBN: 978-0-7864-8963-3
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vi

Foreword by Vincent Cream II      1

Preface      3

1. The Journey Begins      7

2. Roxie Allen, Jack Blackburn and Typhoid Fever      15

3. Sparring with the Brown Bomber      23

4. “Tiger” Jack Fox and Hard Times      29

5. Early Retirement      37

6. Bocchicchio      44

7. Stepping up the Competition      52

8. Win Some, Lose Some      58

9. Louis-Walcott I      69

10. Louis-Walcott II      86

11. The Cincinnati Cobra      97

12. Sweden, Omelio, and Johnny Shkor      108

13. Germany and Rex Layne      119

14. Winning the Title      132

15. Bringing the Title Home      147

16. Walcott-Marciano I: The Build-Up      159

17. Walcott-Marciano I: The Fight      165

18. Walcott-Marciano II: The Rematch      181

19. The 1950s and Hollywood      189

20. The 1960s and the Phantom Punch      194

21. The New Sheriff      199

22. The Passing of a Legend      204

Appendix: Jersey Joe Walcott’s Fight Record      207

Chapter Notes      211

Bibliography      221

Index      225

Book Reviews & Awards

“a very good read”—Examiner.com.