1939-04-17 Joe Louis w co 1 (10) Jack Roper, Wrigley Field, Los Angeles, California, USA - WORLD
1939-04-17 Joe Louis w co 1 (10) Jack Roper, Wrigley Field, Los Angeles, California, USA - WORLD. Referee: George Blake. Up against the veteran challenger, Louis (201¼) was expected to win well and do the job quickly, something he achieved inside 140 seconds, but that alone does not tell the complete picture. Roper (204¾) had said prior to the fight that he would come out punching and that is exactly what he did when the first punch of the fight, a cracking left hook, nearly lifted Louis off his feet. Angry that he had almost been dropped, Louis came roaring back and both men let their punches go. Despite being cut over the left eye, Roper was still dangerous and Louis was nearly caught again with a terrific left that just missed the target. Following that the champion quickly got on top with a barrage of blows before a right to the head, followed by a left to the body, sent Roper down for the full count.