Charles had three fights with heavy hitting contender Rex Layne between 1951 and 1953. Charles lost a decision to Layne in their second fight, on August 8, 1952, and came back to outpoint Layne in their third match, on April 1, 1954—but here in their rarely seen first fight, we get a look at Charles in his relative prime. Both Charles and Layne had lost their previous bouts, Charles to Walcott for the title, and Layne to up-and-coming Marciano, so their careers were on the line. Charles fights here with poise and brilliant technique against the strong and relentless Layne. Charles nearly finishes Layne in round 10, and the 11th round knockout is classic Charles. Cool and unhurried, the finish is the work of a deadly craftsman.