This podcast shines a new light on the underrated Cincinnati Cobra; the greatest light-heavyweight of all time.
“Total Fighter,” is a narrative, nonfiction podcast about Ezzard Charles, Cincinnati’s heavyweight champion, and hosted by Loveland native Ricky Mulvey.
The premier episode, “More Than a Gym Fighter” is a deep-dive into a very different Cincinnati. Go to a bustling Findlay Market in the 1940s, in between the pool tables and cigar smoke at the American Legion Hall in Newport, Kentucky for Charles’ first boxing match, and a Battle Royale in Lawrenceville, Georgia.
This podcast shines a new light on the underrated Cincinnati Cobra; the greatest light-heavyweight of all time. The series will ultimately follow Charles to his match against Joe Louis, and the characters who followed him– his family and the mafia.
“Total Fighter” features interviews and stories from Buddy LaRosa, founder of LaRosa’s Pizza, William Dettloff, author of “Ezzard Charles: a Boxing Life,” Frank Wettencamp, one of Ezz’s high school classmates, and more. This show explores his complex character; why the name “Ezzard Charles” became an insult by Frank Sinatra and an inspiration to the composer George Russell.
Listen to “Total Fighter” at one of the links below, or on Spotify, Stitcher, and Google Play. The show will soon be available on all platforms.
The first episode of a five-part series about Cincinnati’s heavyweight champion, Ezzard Charles. This show tracks Charles’ rise from his humble beginnings in Georgia to a top light-heavyweight contender. Travel back in time to a very different Findlay Market, a Battle Royale in Lawrenceville, and Ezzard Charles’ very first boxing match.