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Joe Louis

W L D
66 3 0
52 KOs 2 KOs
last 6


bouts 69
rounds 417
KOs 75%
 
global ID 9027
birth nameJoseph Louis Barrow
aliasThe Brown Bomber
born 1914-05-13
death date1981-04-12 / age 66
debut1934-07-04 / age 20
divisionheavyweight
stanceorthodox
height6′ 2″   /   188cm
reach
76″   /   193cm
residence
Detroit, Michigan, USA
birth place
LaFayette, Alabama, USA

Career Record

date lbs opponent lbs
record 
location
result 
rounds
1951-10-26
213¾Rocky Marciano18437 0 0
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
LTKO8/10
 L 
TKO
8/10
  
referee: Ruby Goldstein 2-4   judges: Joe Agnello 2-5, Harold Barnes 3-4
Louis knocked down twice in the 8th. Marciano dropped Louis for an 8-count with a left hook, and then sent him through the ropes for the knockout. Referee Rudy Goldstein calls a halt without a count.
1951-08-15
203Jimmy Bivins18078 20 1
Memorial Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
W UD10/10
 W  
UD
10/10
  
referee: Eddie Leonard 7-3   judges: Lee Halfpenny 6-3, Bill Ellis 6-3
The official round-by-round scorecards, all in favor of Louis, were 7-3, 6-3-1, and 6-3-1. Louis's left jab scored most of his points as he only occasionally threw his right.
1951-08-01
207½Cesar Silverio Brion19732 5 0
Cow Palace, Daly City, California, USA
W UD10/10
 W  
UD
10/10
  
referee: Fred Apostoli 56-44 55-45 55-45
1951-06-15
211¼Lee Savold190100 36 3
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
W KO6/15
 W  
KO
6/15
  
time: 2:29   referee: Ruby Goldstein   judges: Frank ForbesHarold Barnes
Prior to this match, Savold was recognized as Heavyweight Champion by the British Boxing Board of Control;
following this fight, the BBBC recognized Ezzard Charles.
1951-05-02
208¼Omelio Agramonte188½46 11 0
Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USA
W UD10/10
 W  
UD
10/10
  
referee: Lou Handler 57-43   judges: Joe Lenahan 57-43, Jack Aspery 59-41
1951-02-23
207Andy Walker19417 8 7
Cow Palace, Daly City, California, USA
W TKO10/10
 W  
TKO
10/10
  
time: 1:49   referee: Frankie Brown
1951-02-07
209Omelio Agramonte187½44 10 0
Miami Stadium, Miami, Florida, USA
W UD10/10
 W  
UD
10/10
  
referee: Eddie Coachman
1951-01-03
210¼Freddie Beshore191½28 10 1
Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USA
W TKO4/10
 W  
TKO
4/10
  
time: 2:48   referee: Johnny Weber
The bout was stopped on advice from the ring doctor. Beshore bleeding from his nose, and he had a bad cut on his left eyelid.
1950-11-29
216Cesar Silverio Brion19629 3 0
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA
W UD10/10
 W  
UD
10/10
  
referee: Frank Gilmer 56-44   judges: Ed Hintz 55-45, Ed Klein 55-44
1950-09-27
218Ezzard Charles184½66 5 1
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, USA
LUD15/15
 L 
UD
15/15
  
referee: Mark Conn 5-10   judges: Frank Forbes 2-13, Joe Agnello 3-12
National Boxing Association World heavyweight title
1948-06-25
213½Jersey Joe Walcott194¾44 12 2
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, USA
W KO11/15
 W  
KO
11/15
  
referee: Frank Fullam 5-2   judges: Jack O'Sullivan 4-5, Harold Barnes 3-6
World Heavyweight Title
Louis was down for no-count in round three. Louis announced his retirement on March 1, 1949
1947-12-05
211½Jersey Joe Walcott194½44 11 2
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
W SD15/15
 W  
SD
15/15
  
referee: Ruby Goldstein 6-7   judges: Frank Forbes 8-6, Marty Monroe 9-6
World Heavyweight Title
Louis down in 1st and 4th.
1946-09-18
211¼Tami Mauriello198½69 7 1
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, USA
W KO1/15
 W  
KO
1/15
  
time: 2:09   referee: Arthur Donovan
World Heavyweight Title
Attendance: 38,494.
A short but thrilling fight as Mauriello drove Louis to the ropes with a smashing right to the jaw early in the first round.
1946-06-19
207Billy Conn18262 10 1
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, USA
W KO8/15
 W  
KO
8/15
  
time: 2:19   referee: Eddie Joseph 5-2   judges: Frank Forbes 5-1, Jack O'Sullivan 5-1
World Heavyweight Title
Conn's performance against Louis during this bout would earn him the Associated Press's annual "Flop of the Year" award.
1944-11-14
205Johnny Davis1903 3 0
Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, USA
W KO1/4
 W  
KO
1/4
  
time: 0:53   referee: Billy Cavanaugh   judges: John SturgesFrank Forbes
Heavyweight title at stake per New York State Athletic Commission ruling
1942-03-27
207½Abe Simon255¼36 9 1
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
W TKO6/15
 W  
TKO
6/15
  
time: 0:16   referee: Eddie Joseph
World Heavyweight Title
Simon was down at the bell in both the second and fifth rounds.
1942-01-09
206½Buddy Baer25053 6 0
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
W KO1/15
 W  
KO
1/15
  
time: 2:56   referee: Frank Fullam
World Heavyweight Title
Baer down 3 times.
1941-09-29
202¼Lou Nova202½26 2 4
Polo Grounds, New York, New York, USA
W TKO6/15
 W  
TKO
6/15
  
time: 2:59   referee: Arthur Donovan
World Heavyweight Title
1941-06-18
199½Billy Conn17459 9 1
Polo Grounds, New York, New York, USA
W KO13/15
 W  
KO
13/15
  
time: 2:58   referee: Eddie Joseph 5-7   judges: Marty Monroe 4-7, Bill Healy 6-6
World Heavyweight Title
Two rights to Conn's jaw ended the fight.
1941-05-23
201¾Buddy Baer237½53 5 0
Griffith Stadium, Washington, District of Columbia, USA
W DQ7/15
 W  
DQ
7/15
  
referee: Arthur Donovan   judges: Jimmy SullivanJohn Trigg
World Heavyweight Title
Louis down in first, Baer down three times in sixth. Last knockdown of Baer after the bell, according to Baer's manager, who then refuses to leave the ring, upon which Baer is disqualified.
1941-04-08
203¼Tony Musto199½29 10 1
Arena, Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
W TKO9/15
 W  
TKO
9/15
  
time: 1:36   referee: Arthur Donovan
World Heavyweight Title
Musto was knocked down in the 3rd round, his only trip to the canvas. Louis was well ahead on points when the fight was stopped because of a severe cut suffered by Tony.
1941-03-21
202Abe Simon254½34 7 0
Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USA
W TKO13/20
 W  
TKO
13/20
  
time: 1:20   referee: Sam Hennessey 9-2   judges: Dad Butler 3-1, Frank Neville 7-4
World Heavyweight Title
Simon was on the canvas four times before being stopped.
1941-02-17
203Gus Dorazio193½51 9 1
Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
W KO2/15
 W  
KO
2/15
  
time: 1:30   referee: Irving Kutcher
World Heavyweight Title
1941-01-31
202½Red Burman18873 16 1
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
W KO5/15
 W  
KO
5/15
  
time: 2:49   referee: Frank Fullam
World Heavyweight Title
Burman was stopped by a body punch.
1940-12-16
202¼Al McCoy180¾68 16 5
Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
W RTD5/15
 W  
RTD
5/15
  
referee: Johnny Martin
World Heavyweight Title
A badly swollen left eye saw the fight stopped after the end of the fifth round.
"Confusion marked the end of this battle at the end of five rounds in which suspense was high because it was felt that anything might happen, but practically nothing did." The New York Times.
1940-06-20
199Arturo Godoy201½52 10 7
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, USA
W TKO8/15
 W  
TKO
8/15
  
time: 1:24   referee: Billy Cavanaugh
World Heavyweight Title
Godoy was knocked down twice in the 8th round.
1940-03-29
200½Johnny Paychek187¾38 3 2
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
W TKO2/15
 W  
TKO
2/15
  
time: 0:41   referee: Arthur Donovan
World Heavyweight Title
Paychek was down for three nine-counts in the first round.
1940-02-09
203Arturo Godoy20252 9 7
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
W SD15/15
 W  
SD
15/15
  
referee: Arthur Donovan 10-5   judges: Tommy Shortell 5-10, George LeCron 10-4
World Heavyweight Title
"Louis won sloppily against a bruising, mauling and rushing fighter who knew no fear or retreat." The New York Times
The only rounds in which the three agreed were the 3rd, 8th (both to Godoy) and the 14th (Louis). Lecron had it 10-4-1 in rounds for Louis. Godoy thought he was entitled to a draw but the New York Times reported the decision as "eminently fair" - its reporter giving it 10-5 to Louis, stating that other reporters had a similar result.
1939-09-20
200Bob Pastor18338 4 4
Briggs Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USA
W KO11/20
 W  
KO
11/20
  
time: 0:38   referee: Sam Hennessey
World Heavyweight Title
Pastor was down four times in round one and once in round two.
Attendance: 33,868 (Paid Attendance: 32,199); Gross Gate: $347,870 (Radio broadcasting rights: $17,500)
1939-06-28
200¾Tony Galento233¾76 23 5
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, USA
W TKO4/15
 W  
TKO
4/15
  
time: 2:29   referee: Arthur Donovan
World Heavyweight Title
Louis was staggered in round one and Galento was dropped in the second round. Louis was knocked down in third round.
1939-04-17
201¼Jack Roper204¾61 39 10
Wrigley Field, Los Angeles, California, USA
W KO1/10
 W  
KO
1/10
  
time: 2:20   referee: George Blake
World Heavyweight Title
1939-01-25
200¼John Henry Lewis180¾97 9 4
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
W KO1/15
 W  
KO
1/15
  
time: 2:29   referee: Arthur Donovan
World Heavyweight Title
Lewis was knocked down three times.
1938-06-22
198¾Max Schmeling19352 7 4
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, USA
W KO1/15
 W  
KO
1/15
  
time: 2:04   referee: Arthur Donovan
NYSAC World heavyweight title
National Boxing Association World heavyweight title
World Heavyweight Title
1938-04-01
202½Harry Thomas19640 11 2
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA
W KO5/15
 W  
KO
5/15
  
time: 2:50
World Heavyweight Title - USA Version
1938-02-23
200Nathan Mann193½40 4 3
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
W KO3/15
 W  
KO
3/15
  
time: 1:56   referee: Arthur Donovan
World Heavyweight Title
Mann was down three times before the knockout.
1937-08-30
197Tommy Farr204¼69 24 17
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, USA
W UD15/15
 W  
UD
15/15
  
referee: Arthur Donovan 13-1   judges: Charley Lynch 8-5, Billy 'Kid' McPartland 9-6
World Heavyweight Title
1937-06-22
197¼Jim Braddock19745 23 4
Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois, USA
W KO8/15
 W  
KO
8/15
  
referee: Tommy Thomas
NYSAC World heavyweight title
National Boxing Association World heavyweight title
World heavyweight title
Louis down in 1st; Braddock in 8th. NYSAC recognized Louis as Champion on June 30; NBA on July 1
1937-02-17
206Natie Brown199½32 22 7
Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri, USA
W KO4/10
 W  
KO
4/10
  
referee: Walter Bates
After three tame rounds, Louis opened up with a fusillade of rights and lefts to head and body and Brown went down for the count in 0:42 of the fourth. When the count was completed, Natie arose and made as if to attack Louis, but was restrained.
1937-01-29
203¼Bob Pastor17921 1 2
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
W UD10/10
 W  
UD
10/10
  
referee: Arthur Donovan 8-2   judges: George LeCron 6-3, Charley Lynch 8-1
1937-01-11
200½Steve Ketchel216debut
Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, USA
W KO2/4
 W  
KO
2/4
  
time: 0:31   referee: Johnny McAvoy   judges: Patsy HaleyGeorge Needham
Ketchell was a sub for Lou Poster
1936-12-14
202¼Eddie Simms19523 21 3
Public Hall, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
W TKO1/10
 W  
TKO
1/10
  
time: 0:26   referee: Arthur Donovan
Referee Donovan stopped the bout because "another blow might have resulted fatally." This is the first time Simms had been knocked out in 52 contests. (AP)
1936-10-09
202Jorge Brescia205½8 0 0
Hippodrome, New York, New York, USA
W KO3/10
 W  
KO
3/10
  
time: 2:12   referee: Arthur Donovan
1936-09-22
203¼Al Ettore189¾56 7 2
Municipal Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
W KO5/15
 W  
KO
5/15
  
time: 1:28   referee: Joe McGuigan
Attendance: 40,407
Ettore was down for counts of "3" and "9" in the fourth round, before being felled for the full count by left hooks.
1936-08-18
199¾Jack Sharkey197¼37 12 3
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, USA
W KO3/10
 W  
KO
3/10
  
time: 1:02   referee: Arthur Donovan
1936-06-19
198Max Schmeling19248 7 4
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, USA
LKO12/15
 L 
KO
12/15
  
time: 2:29   referee: Arthur Donovan
Louis was down in the 4th and 12th rounds
1936 Fight of the Year - Ring Magazine
1936-01-17
199¾Charley Retzlaff198½59 7 2
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA
W KO1/10
 W  
KO
1/10
  
time: 1:25   referee: Phil Collins
Retzlaff down twice. Attendance: 16,486.
1935-12-13
200½Paulino Uzcudun20751 16 3
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
W TKO4/15
 W  
TKO
4/15
  
time: 2:32   referee: Arthur Donovan
1935-09-24
198Max Baer21040 8 0
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, USA
W KO4/15
 W  
KO
4/15
  
time: 3:09   referee: Arthur Donovan
1935-08-07
198½King Levinsky197¾65 23 5
Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois, USA
W TKO1/10
 W  
TKO
1/10
  
time: 2:21   referee: Norm McGarrity
Levinsky connected with only two punches, one of which landed on Louis's shoulder and the other "looped around Joe's head, as Louis stepped inside and landed his own right." Levinsky was down four times and the referee stopped the fight during the last knockdown. It was Louis's easiest fight to date.
1935-06-25
196Primo Carnera260½81 7 0
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, USA
W TKO6/15
 W  
TKO
6/15
  
time: 2:32   referee: Arthur Donovan   judges: Charley LynchTommy Shortell
Carnera visited the canvas three times before becoming "utterly helpless, clinging to the top rope" when the bout was stopped. The New York Times.Attendance 60,000.
1935-04-22
198Biff Bennett20012 14 1
Memorial Hall, Dayton, Ohio, USA
W KO1/6
 W  
KO
1/6
  
time: 1:15
From the Dayton Journal (Herb Goldman). This is usually shown as an exhibition on Louis's record, but was not so designated in the fight report. Bennett lasted only 1:15, and was knocked out by a one-two to the jaw.
1935-04-12
196½Roy Lazer19235 2 2
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA
W TKO3/10
 W  
TKO
3/10
  
time: 2:28   referee: Davy Miller
1935-03-29
196Natie Brown18630 17 7
Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USA
W UD10/10
 W  
UD
10/10
  
referee: Elmer Slim McClelland
Brown down in first. (Description of Bout) More briefly, see The Ring, June 1935, page 50.
1935-03-08
200Don 'Red' Barry19252 20 12
Dreamland Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USA
W TKO3/10
 W  
TKO
3/10
  
time: 1:30   referee: Toby Irwin
1935-02-21
196Lee Ramage19340 9 5
Wrigley Field, Los Angeles, California, USA
W TKO2/10
 W  
TKO
2/10
  
time: 2:11   referee: Jess (Duke) Kenworthy
1935-01-11
194½Hans Birkie189¼31 28 8
Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
W TKO10/10
 W  
TKO
10/10
  
time: 1:47   referee: Red Robinson
1935-01-04
195Patsy Perroni18741 7 2
Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USA
W PTS10/10
 W  
PTS
10/10
  
referee: Sam Hennessey
Perroni down in 2d, 7th & 9th for nine-counts.
1934-12-14
192½Lee Ramage183½40 8 5
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA
W TKO8/10
 W  
TKO
8/10
  
time: 2:51   referee: Phil Collins
Ramage's corner throws in the towel following his fourth knockdown of the round.
1934-11-30
195½Charley Massera18132 9 4
Coliseum, Chicago, Illinois, USA
W KO3/10
 W  
KO
3/10
  
time: 2:41   referee: Tommy Gilmore
There was little action in the first round. Massera got in some solid punches early in the second, but Louis came back strongly to take the round. In the third, a right staggered Charley and Louis followed up with a terrific left hook to the jaw and a smashing right and Massera fell halfway out of the ring. He was counted out while draped over the middle rope. (From the Chicago Tribune, Bob Soderman.)
1934-11-14
193½Stanley Poreda208¼28 8 0
Arcadia Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, USA
W KO1/10
 W  
KO
1/10
  
time: 2:40
Poreda was given two counts before being knocked out of the ring and was given a count of "20." Joe recived $732, Poreda $488
1934-10-31
193Jack O'Dowd21023 8 2
Arena Gardens, Detroit, Michigan, USA
W KO2/10
 W  
KO
2/10
  
referee: Elmer Slim McClelland
1934-10-24
190½Art Sykes1814 5 0
Arcadia Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, USA
W KO8/10
 W  
KO
8/10
  
referee: Davy Miller
1934-09-26
188¾Adolph Wiater18516 1 1
Arcadia Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, USA
W PTS10/10
 W  
PTS
10/10
  
Wiater was floored for no-count in round one and took a beating when he arose. He revived during the minute's rest and came back to even up the fight by the end of the seventh round. Louis landed the more punishing blows in the last three rounds to win. Chicago Tribune (Bob Soderman).
1934-09-11
191Al Delaney18023 1 0
Naval Armory, Detroit, Michigan, USA
W TKO4/10
 W  
TKO
4/10
  
referee: Elmer Slim McClelland
Canadian Al Delaney began boxing under his real name Alex Borchuk. According to THE RING, November 1934, page 62, "Borshuck (sic)..had the better of the going until the fourth round, when he was floored three times, and (his) Manager Jack Beaton threw in the towel."
1934-08-27
187¾Buck Everett18338 16 3
Marigold Gardens Outdoor Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USA
W KO2/8
 W  
KO
2/8
  
Everett was dropped for a count of one and one minute later he was floored for the full count.
1934-08-13
188Jack Kranz18714 0 0
Marigold Gardens Outdoor Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USA
W UD8/8
 W  
UD
8/8
  
There were no knockdowns. According to the Chicago Tribune, it was a very close fight, even though Louis received the unanimous decision. (Bob Soderman)
1934-07-30
190¾Larry Udell17327 6 2
Marigold Gardens Outdoor Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USA
W TKO2/8
 W  
TKO
2/8
  
1934-07-12
190½Willie Davies1869 10 2
Bacon's Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USA
W TKO3/6
 W  
TKO
3/6
  
referee: Davy Miller
Davies won the first round but Louis found his range in round two. The referee stopped the fight in round three because of a bad cut over Davies's left eye.
1934-07-04
181Jack Kracken17527 7 3
Bacon's Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USA
W KO1/6
 W  
KO
1/6
  
referee: Davy Miller
"Shortly after the start of the fight the Detroit Negro sent Kracken down for a count of nine with a left hook to the jaw. When Kracken gained his feet, Louis knocked him through the ropes and into the lap of Joe Triner, chairman of the Illinois Athletic commission. Kracken crawled back into the ring at the count of 14, but Referee Dave Miller stopped the bout." Source: INS report
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