Heavyweight boxing championships don't come to Buffalo very often, so the first time was a noteworthy event.
Memorial Auditorium staged its first title bout as Ezzard Charles defended his championship belt against Freddy Beshore. Charles had stepped into the vacancy caused by the temporary retirement of Joe Louis, and beat Jersey Joe Wolcott for the vacant crown in 1949. Charles had fought in Buffalo three times on his way to the title shot, and won them all.
Beshore represented Charles' third title defense, but he wasn't really in the champ's class. Charles dominated most of the fight, which was described as one-sided by one writer. Finally, the crowd of 6,298 saw the bout stopped in the 14th round.
Beshore was said to be nothing if not game. He never took a step backward despite taking a beating from the skilled Charles.
From there, the champion stopped Louis from having a successful comeback. Charles defended the title five more times before he was knocked out by Wolcott.
Beshore's title shot looks odd in hindsight. He had lost his previous two fights before the Charles bout, with both of them coming in Buffalo. Thus, his career record in the Aud was 0-3. Beshore finished his career 35-17-2 including losses to Louis and Rocky Marciano.
-- Budd Bailey
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