1940-12-16 Joe Louis w rtd 6 (15) Al McCoy, The Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA - WORLD
1940-12-16 Joe Louis w rtd 6 (15) Al McCoy, The Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA - WORLD. Referee: Johnny Martin. This fight heralded the beginning of Louis’ ‘Bum of the Month’ campaign in which he took on a series of defences in double-quick time. Making his 12th defence, Louis (202¼) started in a rush and soon had McCoy (180¾) down on one knee from a smashing right to the kidneys. Up almost immediately, McCoy bobbed, weaved and sidestepped to keep out of further trouble during the next four rounds as Louis was less than accurate with wild punches, before being run down in the fifth. With McCoy jabbing his way out of danger once too often, Louis finally caught up again with him and a crashing right to the head badly damaged the Canadian’s left eye. Back in the corner, McCoy’s handlers decided that the damage was too severe for their charge to continue and he was pulled out of the contest after the bell to start the sixth had rung. Yet again, Louis had failed to add to his prestige.