1939-09-20 Joe Louis w co 11 (20) Bob Pastor, Briggs Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USA - WORLD

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1939-09-20 Joe Louis w co 11 (20) Bob Pastor, Briggs Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USA - WORLD. Referee: Sam Hennessey. Down four times in the first and again in the second, few felt after two sessions that Pastor (183) would turn out to be a test for the champion despite him going ten rounds with Louis (200) early in 1937. Somehow getting through the next two rounds, Pastor started the fight back in the fifth when landing some heavy blows to Louis’ jaw before he was again under pressure in the sixth. Cut badly over the left eye, Pastor stood his ground when staggered by powerful rights in the seventh before coming out firing in the eighth when taking Louis before him. If Pastor had carried a heavy blow, Louis would have been done for claimed Nat Fleischer of The Ring magazine. Again, in the ninth and tenth, Pastor took the fight to Louis, giving him all manner of problems, including a mouse under the left eye. Unfortunately, not listening to his corner, when Pastor came out for the 11th intent on fighting rather than boxing Louis he was counted out inside 38 seconds, having been measured by a solid right to the head followed by two lefts and another right that took his legs away. It had been a tremendous effort that left many wondering what might have happened had Pastor carried dynamite in his gloves.