1941-04-08 Joe Louis w rsc 9 (15) Tony Musto, The Arena, St Louis, Missouri, USA - WORLD
1941-04-08 Joe Louis w rsc 9 (15) Tony Musto, The Arena, St Louis, Missouri, USA - WORLD. Referee: Arthur Donovan. Fighting out of a crouch the compact 5’8” Musto (199½) made life difficult for the champion, who quickly decided that the best way to deal with his opponent was to concentrate on the left and not to risk further damaging the right, having come to the ring with bruising to the knuckle. After opening up a cut over Musto’s right eye in the opener, Louis had his man over in the third when he cut loose with rights and lefts, but the challenger was quickly back in the fray when rushing to close quarters. Tossing in overarm rights, Musto had Louis (203½) more than worried in the fifth and sixth rounds when hitting the target on a regular basis. Into the seventh, Louis, using jabs, hooks and uppercuts, had Musto on the run and in the eighth a series of left jabs worsened the damage to the latter’s right eye. With the damage worsening and Louis stepping up the pace, the referee had no alternative other than to stop the fight at 1.36 of the ninth when it was clear that Musto was having difficulty in focusing.