History | Aug 11 2015

Ezzard Charles biographer on ‘The greatest light-heavyweight in history’

Dennis Taylor plays host to William Dettloff who wrote the book – literally – on Ezzard Charles

A SPECIAL type of passion and devotion is required of a writer who plows through the archives of more than 80 vintage newspapers and magazines, plus 20 books, to gather enough information for a biography as thoroughly detailed as Ezzard Charles: A Boxing Life, written by Willilam Dettloff and published earlier this year by McFarland & Company.

The former senior writer for The Ring (and frequent contributor to espn.go.com and hbo.com) dug deep for the intricacies that became the story of a fighter Dettloff now regards as the greatest light-heavyweight in boxing history. (Charles was 3-0 against Archie Moore.)
Dettloff painted a colorful and insightful portrait of “The Cincinnati Cobra” during my 30-minute radio interview with him, detailing the tale of a boxing legend he considers vastly under-appreciated.

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