100 Greatest Pound for Pound Boxers Of All Time: 4. Joe Louis

Joe Louis

4. Joe Louis

Division: Heavyweight (175+)

Record: 66-3-0

Years Active: 1934-1951

Joe “The Brown Bomber” Louis held the world heavyweight title for an unprecedented 12 years between 1937 and 1949. His 25 straight title defenses is also a record. He was ranked No. 1 on Ring‘s “Greatest Punchers” list.

However, even more significant than his impact in the ring was his social impact. The good, hardworking Louis was also the first African-American to legitimately become a cultural hero to mainstream America.

During the late ’30s and early ’40s, during the Nazi era, Louis became a shining example of America’s social, cultural and athletic superiority. His 1938 rematch win over Max Schmeling was possibly the most culturally significant moment in boxing history.

(source: bleacherreport.com by Dave Carlson)

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