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‘Jersey’ Joe Walcott immortalised – Boxing Information


Nigel Collins watches the unveiling of the Joe Walcott “Jersey” statue in Camden, New Jersey

It was supposed to rain on October 16, but it turned out to be a beautiful sunny day in Camden, New Jersey, just across from Philadelphia’s Walt Whitman Bridge, where a statue of former heavyweight champion “Jersey” Joe was in Wiggins Walcott was unveiled park.

Born Arnold Raymond Cream on January 31, 1914 in nearby Pennsauken, New Jersey, Walcott lived and fought in Camden throughout his career. As a professional from September 1930, he set a 49-21-1 record (31 wins within the distance) before retiring in 1953.

Walcott developed a casual style that featured skillful footwork, excellent upper body movements, and a strong punch. He often turned sideways and took a step or two away, a move that confused many of his opponents. Jersey Joe won the heavyweight title by defeating Ezzard Charles with a left hook on July 18, 1951. He was 37 years old at the time, which made him the oldest man to win the title, an honor he held until George Foreman became the heavyweight champion at the age of 45.

After boxing, Walcott was elected Camden County Sheriff (1971-1974), the first African American to hold the position. He later served as chairman of the New Jersey State Athletic Commission (1975-1984). Walcott died on February 25, 1994.

The statue was unveiled once the politicians finished their speech and revealed a two and a half meter tall bronze figure of Walcott in a boxing pose sculpted by Carl LeVotch, who was present at the ceremony.

“I see this sculpture as the culmination of my lifelong passion for art, Camden and boxing,” said LeVotch.

Former heavyweight champion Larry Holmes and former WBA cruiserweight title holder Nate Miller were in attendance, as were Larry Hazzard, commissioner of the New Jersey Athletic Control Board.

After the official ceremony, Philly jazz soul trombonist Jeff Bradshaw and his band delivered a sensational set that brought a festive afternoon to a fitting end.



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