Ezz’s previously unreported friendship with Muhammad Ali
Do you like history/boxing/Cincinnati/really good stories? If so—or even if not! — listen to Ricky Mulvey’s newly completed five-part podcast Total Fighter about the greatest light heavyweight fighter of all time – the Cincinnati Cobra, Ezzard Charles!
Episode 5 and the season finale of Total Fighter is a deep dive into Ezz’s life after the heavyweight championship: from his series against Rocky Marciano to working at the DMV. Mulvey also explores his previously unreported friendship with Muhammad Ali.
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.
“The fifth episode of a five part series. Ezzard Charles learns that life as the heavyweight champ isn’t the dream he thought that it would be. This show covers Charles’ series against Rocky Marciano, and his friendship with Muhammad Ali. We also discuss the reasons why Cincinnati rejected its greatest fighter and how you make a living as an ex-heavyweight champion.”
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.