1939-09-20 Joe Louis w co 11 (20) Bob Pastor, Briggs Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USA - WORLD
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 to fight back and in the fifth he landed 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 and came out firing in the eighth, 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 and gave him all manner of problems, including a mouse under the left eye. Unfortunately, not listening to his corner, Pastor came out for the 11th intent on fighting rather than boxing Louis and was counted out on the 38 second mark, 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 and many were left wondering what might have happened had Pastor carried dynamite in his gloves.