1938-02-23 Joe Louis w co 3 (15) Nathan Mann, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - NY/NBA/GB
1938-02-23 Joe Louis w co 3 (15) Nathan Mann, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - USA/GB. Referee: Arthur Donovan. Having won the opening round, staggering the champion with left hooks and rights to the jaw, Mann (193½) should have continued to attack the body and bide his time. Instead, Mann tore into Louis (200) in the second, feeling he was ready to be taken, and found himself on the floor from a left hook. Up at ‘nine’, Mann was now at the mercy of Louis, being dropped twice more in the third by solid lefts before a power-laden right smashed him down to be counted out on one knee at 1.56 of the session. Although it was now clear that Louis could be caught by right hands over the top, his all-round ability and destructive finishing power made him the stand-out heavyweight fighter of the day.