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Who the heck was Charlie Powell? | Bernie's Rant

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Bernie's Rant - Sept 24, 2018

Joshua vs Povetkin

In front of a capacity crowd at Wembley Stadium in London, unified Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua knocked out number 1 contender Alexander Povetkin for continued supreme status as 'the man to beat.'

In what was a competitive dead even contest until the 7th round, Joshua unleashed a powerful left hook and right cross combination to the chin of Russian ex-champ sending him to the canvas before finishing him off with a triple combination for a second knockdown to solidify the TKO win.

In my opinion, this was the primary fight to be made in the division and solidifies Joshua's stature. He will be in a class of his own for a very long time.

Campbell vs Mendy 2
On the undercard, former Gold Medal Olympic champion Luke Campbell won a spirited lightweight contest over former oponnent Yvan Mendy 40-5-1 (19) in the rematch that saw Mendy a SD winner in their first contest. Campbell 19-2 (15) displayed great footwork and body punching to coast to an easy win. Scores were 1119-109, 118-111, and 116-112.

Price losses
In another contest on the card, former Heavyweight contender and Bronze Medal Olympian David Price quit on his stool after the 4th round in what he says was an aggravated injury to his bicep. Price had showed signs of stamina issues during the last round despite the "injury". The highly touted prospect Kuzmin, who once knocked out Joe Joyce in the amatuers, now has a record go to 12-0.

May vs Pac 2
Undefeated Welterweight Champion and Business Tycoon Floyd Mayweather has announced his intentions to fight Manny Pacquiao in a rematch, possibly in Japan in December. Should it happen, it would be the first time in his professional career that Floyd has fought outside the US. Pacquiao responded on Twitter "50-1..no excuses".

Shout Out
A shout out to WBC 140lb champion Jose Ramirez in defending his title against a tough challenger Antonio Ramirez 27-1 (17) in a virtual shutout last week.

Wilder vs Fury date confirmed
The matchup is set between trinket holder Deontay Wilder and former champion Tyson Fury December 1st in a venue yet to be undetermined. Considering Fury's obvious lack of conditioning long term and serious mental health problems, Wilder continues to make things easy for himself. Outside of his signature win over 38 year old Luis Ortiz, Wilder has fought soft competition his entire career of 40 matches and Fury will be no. 41.

When is he going to fight his mandatory?

Browne vs Long
The Gold Coast Arena in Queensland, Australia will set stage for the Heavyweight Showdown for South Pacific bragging rights. Former WBA Champion Lucas Browne will take on the tough and unpredictable Julius Long. Long, whose resume consists of a who's who in the Heavyweight ranks within the last 15 years, is coming off a win against Australian legend Bowie Toupou in his last fight.

Do you know who Charlie Powell (25-11-3)  was?

Charlie Powell  (April 4, 1932 – September 1, 2014)  played in the NFL, MLB minor league and was an accomplished boxer.

Charlie excelled in football, basketball, track and baseball at San Diego High School. In 1950, as a 6'-3", 230-pound defensive end and offensive end, Powell was named the California high school football player of the year. In track, he ran 100 yards in 9.6 seconds and threw the shot put 57 feet 9¼ inches. In basketball, he was a second-team all-league center. As a high school baseball player, he hit balls out of San Diego Balboa Stadium. He turned a down an offer of a tryout by the Harlem Globetrotters.

After high school, Charlie was recruited by Notre Dame and UCLA to play football but the St. Louis Browns signed him to a professional baseball contract. He was sent to the Stockton Ports, a Class B minor league team.

After a short stint in the MLB minors, Charlie joined the NFL's San Francisco 49ers at the tender age of 19. He was the youngest player in NFL history.  In his first game, he started against the NFL champion Detroit Lions and was believed to have had 10 quarterback sacks in one game (This was before the NFL recorded sacks) He became the first 49er rookie ever to be awarded a game ball.  Powell played five seasons in the NFL for the 49ers (1952–53 and 1955–57) and two for the Oakland Raiders (1960–61).

In addition to all of that Powell, in his spare time, was a professional boxer and was matched with stellar competition. His overall record was 25-11-3, 17 KO which also included matchups with Floyd Patterson and Muhammad Ali.

Other notable atheletes turned boxer from other sports but not were so acomplished were football standouts Alonzo Highsmith 27-1-2 (23), Mark Gastineau 15-2 (15), Ed "Too Tall " Jones 6-0 (5), Ray Edwards 12-1-1 (7) and former NBA star from the New Jersey Nets Kendall Gill 4-0 (3).

Powell passed away in September 2014 at age of 82.


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