1941-02-17 Joe Louis w co 2 (15) Gus Dorazio, Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - WORLD
1941-02-17 Joe Louis w co 2 (15) Gus Dorazio, Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - WORLD. Referee: Irvin Kutcher. Coming out in a crouch, the challenger treated Louis (203½) to as much as he took himself in the opening session, especially body shots, and also proved to be difficult to hit. The game plan for Dorazio (193½) was to keep things much the same, but in the second round he began looking to land the left hook, believing that Louis was susceptible to that punch. That was his downfall. After being straightened up by solid lefts and rights to the head and becoming unbalanced, Dorazio was counted out on the 1.30 mark after being smashed down face first by a tremendous right to the jaw. The punch that finished the fight was one of the hardest ever delivered by Louis and was said to have travelled less than six inches. Regardless of that, it was far too powerful a blow for Dorazio to come back from.