Arnold Raymond Cream (Jersey Joe Walcott) – January 31st in African American History

Arnold Raymond Cream (Jersey Joe Walcott)January 31, 1914 Arnold Raymond Cream (Jersey Joe Walcott), Hall of Fame boxer, was born in Merchantville, New Jersey.

Walcott made his professional boxing debut in 1930 and in 1951 won the heavyweight championship at the age of 37. At the time, he was the oldest man to win the heavyweight championship.

Over his 23 year professional boxing career, he had a record of 51 wins, 18 losses and 2 draws. After retiring, Walcott worked as a boxing referee and in 1972 became Sheriff of Camden County. From 1975 to 1984, he served as Chairman of the New Jersey State Athletic Commission. In 1990, Walcott was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame and he died on February 25, 1994.

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