Knock Charles Out or be KOd-Maxim: Expects to Direct Attach to Midsection Then Finish Champion with Right to Jaw, Daily Racing Form, 1951-05-22


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Knock Charles Out OrBeKOd-Maxim Expects to Direct Attack To Midsection Then Finish Champion With Right to Jaw By ED SAINSBURY United Press Sports Writer Light heavyweight champion Joe Maxim was ready yesterday for his Memorial Day brawl with Ezzard Charles for the heavyweight title. "I expect to direct my attack to the bodys and eventually crash my right hand to the jaw and I hope to win the fight by a knockout in that manner," Maxim, whose baptismal name is Guiseppe Antonio Berar-delli, said through honey-mouthed publici-tor Harry Mendel. "Ive always been known as a guy with a left hand," he continued. "Im going to knock Charles out or get knocked out in the fight. Im boxing out of a crouch, something Ive never done before. Ive learned to bob and weave." Maxim, thrice a loser to Charles on split decisions, was working steadily and confidently for the Charles bout. Has Sparred 206 Rounds Yesterday he went four more rounds in the ring tp raise, his total of sparring for the brawl to 206 rounds, more than he has turned in at any time previously for any one fight. Meanwhile, as Maxim worked down to 181 pounds, one over what he expects to carry into the ring; manager Jack Kearns and Mendel were striving for promotion in the best Tex Rickard style. Kearns made a point of Maxims three split decision defeats to Charles. "In every one of those fights," he said, "the referee gave the decision to Maxim. And if they were fighting in the old days or in such states as New Jersey where they still have only a referee giving the decision, he would have been the "winner instead of the loser. "I have always said, that the only man able to see every punch thrown in a fight is the referee," Kearns added, "because he moves around at all times, while judges are stationary and the back of the fighters are often to them." Thinking on this point Kearns even suggested he might go to the Illinois Boxing Commission and ask that judges be eliminated for-the title brawl. "But I dont think theyll do it," he said, "because the rule book says the decision has to be given by a referee and two judges." Charles, another confident fighter, laid off work today as manager Jake Mints proclaimed he was coming along-well.

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