He is undeserverdly forgotten. Maybe, because of his too short championship period, and the fact that he was the champion just between of two eras of the greatest heavyweight champions- Joe Louis and Rocky Marciano. But no matter what, Jersey Joe Walcott has wrote his name into the history of boxing in bold type, and is comsidered as the one of greatest champions of the heavyweight division.
Arnold Raymond Cream was born on January 31, 1914, in Merchantville, 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.
He built a record of 45 wins, 11 losses and 1 draw before challenging for the world title for the first time. On December 5, 1947, he fought Joe Louis 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. In July of 1951 he knocked Ezzard Charles in 7-th, in Pittsburgh, and finally became the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. He broke the world's record for the oldest man to win the world's heavyweight title at the age of 700137000000000000037 years, 7002168000000000000168 days. That record would eventually be broken on November 5, 1994, by 45 year old George Foreman. Walcott retained the title for one successful time , before losing it to the future star, Rocky Marciano, on September, 1952, in Philadelphia, by KO in 13-th. In their next fight Walcott was knocked-out in the first round. Jersey Joe retired with the record of 51(32 KO)-18(6 KO)-2.
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 1965, he refereed the controversial world heavyweight championship bout between Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston. In 1968, he also ran for Sheriff of Camden County. Walcott was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. The Champion pasted away on February 25, 1994, at the age of 80! This year Jersey Joe Walcott would celebrate his 100 Anniversary!