1941-01-31 Joe Louis w co 5 (15) Red Burman, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD
1941-01-31 Joe Louis w co 5 (15) Red Burman, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD. Referee: Frank Fullam. Surprising many in attendance, the challenger took the fight to Louis from the opening bell and when the latter was cut under the right eye there were strong feelings that an upset might be on the cards. But Louis (202½) remained alert, despite slipping badly in the third as Burman (188) charged into him. In the fourth Burman continued to go forward, taking all that Louis could muster and landing well himself at times, before coming unstuck in the fifth. Nailed by a heavy right to the head early in the session that damaged his left eye, Burman kept going despite looking tired and tried to take the fight to Louis prior to being badly weakened by a tremendous right to the stomach. Hurt again by another piledriver to the body, Burman looked all in before being dropped for the full count on the 2.49 mark after a further right had ripped into his solar plexus.