1940-03-29 Joe Louis w rsc 2 (15) Johnny Paychek, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD

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1940-03-29 Joe Louis w rsc 2 (15) Johnny Paychek, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD. Referee: Arthur Donovan. At the mercy of the champion and on the run from the opening bell, it was clear from the start that Paychek (187½) was not going to last and he was dropped three times in the first round before being finished off after 0.44 of the second. It was a solid right to Paychek’s jaw that started the rot, dropping the latter for ‘nine’. Down again almost immediately from a left hook to the same spot, on getting to his feet Paychek ran into another right to the jaw and took a further ‘nine’ count. Louis (201½) started the second as if he needed to get home in a hurry and after he had rocked Paychek several times a tremendous right to the chin dumped the balding challenger on the deck out to the world. After he had reached ‘seven’ the referee called the count off when he realised that Paychek was choking on his gumshield, and care was administered to the beaten fighter before he could leave the ring.