Joe Louis is considered to be one of the greatest heavyweights of all time. He helped elevate boxing from a nadir in popularity in the post-Jack Dempsey era by establishing a reputation as an honest, hardworking fighter at a time when the sport was dominated by gambling interests. Louis was the world heavyweight boxing champion from 1937 to 1949.
Joe had 25 successful title defenses, a record for the heavyweight division. In 2005, Louis was named the greatest heavyweight of all time by the International Boxing Research Organization, and was ranked number one on The Ring’s list of 100 Greatest Punchers of All Time.
Joe Luis is widely regarded as the first African American to achieve the status of a nationwide hero within the United States,and was also a focal point of anti-Nazi sentiment leading up to and during World War II.
In 1933, Louis won the Detroit-area Golden Gloves Novice Division championship for the light heavyweight classification against Joe Biskey,and by the end of his amateur career, Louis’ record was 50 wins against 4 losses, with 43 knockouts.
Louis vs. Schmeling I
Louis was ranked as the No. 1 contender in the heavyweight division, and a title shot was scheduled for June 1936 against former world heavyweight champion Max Schmeling. Although a former champion, Schmeling was not considered a threat to Louis, then with an undefeated professional record of 27-0. but he handed Louis his first professional loss by knocking him out in Round 12 at Yankee Stadium on June 19, 1936.
Braddock vs Louis title fight
On the night of the fight, June 22, 1937, Braddock knocked Louis down in Round 1, but Louis defeated the “Cinderella Man” by knockout in Round 8.
Louis vs. Schmeling II
The rematch between Louis and Schmeling is one of the most famous boxing matches of all time. Schmeling was a national hero in Germany after his victory against an African American was touted by Nazi officials as proof of their doctrine of Aryan superiority. Louis battered Schmeling with a series of swift attacks, forcing Schmeling against the ropes and giving him a hard body blow. Schmeling was knocked down three times, and only managed to throw two punches in the entire bout. On the third knockdown, Schmeling’s trainer threw in the towel and referee stopped the fight which lasted two minutes and four seconds.
Louis vs Schmeling 2 Video
Later career and retirement
Louis would not defend his title again before announcing his retirement from boxing on March 1, 1949. In his bouts with Conn and Walcott, it had become apparent that Louis was no longer the fighter he once had been. As he had done earlier in his career, however, Louis would continue to appear in numerous exhibition matches worldwide.
At the time of Louis’s initial retirement, the IRS finished a full audit of Louis’s past returns and announced that, with interest and penalties, he owed the government more than $500,000. Louis had no choice but to return to the ring.
Louis vs Marciano
After facing several club-level opponents, the International Boxing Club guaranteed Louis $300,000 to face undefeated heavyweight contender Rocky Marciano on October 26, 1951. Despite his being a 6-to-5 favorite, few boxing insiders believed Louis had a chance. Louis was dropped in the eighth round by a Marciano left, and knocked out of the ring less than thirty seconds later.
Rocky Marciano vs. Joe Louis Video
After facing Marciano, Louis retired for good from professional boxing. He would, as before, continue to tour on the exhibition circuit, with his last contest taking place on December 16, 1951, in Taipei, Taiwan, against Corporal Buford J. deCordova.
Photos of Jo Louis
Joe Louis is considered to be one of the greatest heavyweights of all time.
Holder of the title : June 22, 1937-March 1, 1949
Nickname :Brown Bomber
Height :6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Reach :76 in (190 cm)
Death date : April 12, 1981(1981-04-12) (aged 66)
Total fights : 68
Wins by KO: 51
Draws : 0
No contests :1