1937-08-30 Joe Louis w pts 15 Tommy Farr, Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NYC, New York, USA - NY/NBA/GB

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1937-08-30 Joe Louis w pts 15 Tommy Farr, Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NYC, New York, USA – NY/NBA/GB. Referee: Arthur Donovan. Scorecards: 13-1, 9-6, 8-5. Going into the ring to end the fight as quickly as possible the champion met a man who would not succumb like some of his previous opponents. Fighting savagely throughout the contest, with Farr (204½) there for the sole purpose of winning he took all Louis (197) could muster and dished out plenty of his own despite suffering a badly swollen thumb. Farr’s long reach and bobbing-and-weaving style made him a difficult opponent for Louis, and although he was cut up badly he continued to go with the jab. Taking Louis’ best shots unflinchingly, especially in the seventh, before walking into the champion in the eighth as though no nothing had happened brought cheers from the crowd. By the end of the 11th, Nat Fleischer of The Ring magazine’s card had the two men dead level, but the remainder of the bout saw Louis piling up points with the left as Farr, by now badly cut and bruised facially, tried hard to force matters to no avail.

Even though Louis claimed that he had damaged both hands prior to the fight it did not wear with the fans in the light of the pre-fight predictions that Farr would only last a few rounds at most. Following the contest it became apparent that Max Schmeling would finally get his opportunity to meet Louis when he was contracted to meet the champion the following summer in New York. In the event of beating Louis and returning to Nazi Germany, Schmeling was also contracted to defend his title in America and fight for Mike Jacobs up to and through 1939.

Looking to get himself a crack at Louis, the former Olympic champion, Alberto Lovell, had been making good progress since arriving in America, beating Andre Lenglet, Maxie Rosenbloom, Hank Hankinson, Eddie Simms, Red Burman and Eddie Blunt among others before losing his top-ten rating after dropping a ten-round points decision to Gunnar Barlund at The Hippodrome, Manhattan, NYC on 29 December.