1940-02-09 Joe Louis w pts 15 Arturo Godoy, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD
1940-02-09 Joe Louis w pts 15 Arturo Godoy, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD. Referee: Arthur Donovan. Scorecards: 10-4, 10-4, 2-10. Bobbing and weaving in front of the champion, Godoy (202) made for a difficult target and breathed fresh life into the weight class when losing on a split decision. Louis (203), who had been unable to land effectively throughout the contest, was too often bundled into the ropes and even when he cornered Godoy, the Chilean fought back strongly. Breaking up Louis’ rhythm with bulldozing tactics and the use of the head at times, Godoy also went down twice without being hit and crawled along the canvas to mock the champion, which could have brought about a disqualification. He even planted a kiss on Louis in the 14th. Afterwards, it was claimed that Louis had not been able to punch his hardest due to being afraid of damaging his hands on the Chilean’s head.