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Joe Louis
Global ID9027
sexmale
birthdate 1914-05-13
death date 1981-04-12 (66)
divisionheavyweight
stanceorthodox
height6′ 2″   /   188cm
reach76″   /   193cm
aliasThe Brown Bomber
country USA
residenceDetroit, Michigan, USA
birth placeLaFayette, Alabama, USA
birth nameJoseph Louis Barrow
won 66 (KO 52) + lost 3 (KO 2) + drawn 0 = 69
rounds boxed 417 KO% 75.36
 
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dateopponentW-L-Dlast 6location
1951-10-26Rocky Marciano37-0-0
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALTKO810
referee: Ruby Goldstein 2-4 | judge: Joe Agnello 2-5 | judge: Harold Barnes 3-4
Louis knocked down twice in the 8th. Marciano dropped Louis for an 8-count with a left hook, and then sent him through the ropes for the knockout. Referee Rudy Goldstein calls a halt without a count.
1951-08-15Jimmy Bivins78-20-1
Memorial Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland, USAWUD1010
referee: Eddie Leonard 7-3 | judge: Lee Halfpenny 6-3 | judge: Bill Ellis 6-3
The official round-by-round scorecards, all in favor of Louis, were 7-3, 6-3-1, and 6-3-1. Louis's left jab scored most of his points as he only occasionally threw his right.
1951-08-01Cesar Silverio Brion32-5-0
Cow Palace, Daly City, California, USAWUD1010
referee: Fred Apostoli 56-44 | 55-45 | 55-45
1951-06-15Lee Savold97-36-3
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWKO615
time: 2:29 | referee: Ruby Goldstein | judge: Frank Forbes | judge: Harold Barnes
Prior to this match, Savold was recognized as Heavyweight Champion by the British Boxing Board of Control;
following this fight, the BBBC recognized Ezzard Charles.

1951-05-02Omelio Agramonte46-11-0
Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USAWUD1010
referee: Lou Handler 57-43 | judge: Joe Lenahan 57-43 | judge: Jack Aspery 59-41
1951-02-23Andy Walker17-8-7
Cow Palace, Daly City, California, USAWTKO1010
time: 1:49 | referee: Frankie Brown
1951-02-07Omelio Agramonte44-10-0
Miami Stadium, Miami, Florida, USAWUD1010
referee: Eddie Coachman
1951-01-03Freddie Beshore28-10-1
Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USAWTKO410
time: 2:48 | referee: Johnny Weber
The bout was stopped on advice from the ring doctor. Beshore bleeding from his nose, and he had a bad cut on his left eyelid.
1950-11-29Cesar Silverio Brion29-3-0
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWUD1010
referee: Frank Gilmer 56-44 | 55-45 | 55-44
1950-09-27Ezzard Charles64-5-1
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, USALUD1515
referee: Mark Conn 5-10 | judge: Frank Forbes 2-13 | judge: Joe Agnello 3-12
World Heavyweight Title
~ After this fight, Charles became universally recognized as the World Heavyweight Champion. ~

1948-06-25Jersey Joe Walcott44-12-2
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, USAWKO1115
referee: Frank Fullam 5-2 | judge: Jack O'Sullivan 4-5 | judge: Harold Barnes 3-6
World Heavyweight Title
Louis was down for no-count in round three. Louis announced his retirement on March 1, 1949

1947-12-05Jersey Joe Walcott44-11-2
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWSD1515
referee: Ruby Goldstein 6-7 | judge: Frank Forbes 8-6 | judge: Marty Monroe 9-6
World Heavyweight Title
Louis down in 1st and 4th.

1946-09-18Tami Mauriello69-7-1
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, USAWKO115
time: 2:09 | referee: Arthur Donovan
World Heavyweight Title
Attendance: 38,494.
A short but thrilling fight as Mauriello drove Louis to the ropes with a smashing right to the jaw early in the first round.

1946-06-19Billy Conn62-10-1
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, USAWKO815
time: 2:19 | referee: Eddie Joseph 5-2 | judge: Frank Forbes 5-1 | judge: Jack O'Sullivan 5-1
World Heavyweight Title
Conn's performance against Louis during this bout would earn him the Associated Press's annual "Flop of the Year" award.

1944-11-14Johnny Davis3-3-0
Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, USAWKO14
time: 0:53 | referee: Billy Cavanaugh | judge: John Sturges | judge: Frank Forbes
Heavyweight title at stake per New York State Athletic Commission ruling
1942-03-27Abe Simon36-9-1
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWTKO615
time: 0:16 | referee: Eddie Joseph
World Heavyweight Title
Simon was down at the bell in both the second and fifth rounds.

1942-01-09Buddy Baer52-6-0
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWKO115
time: 2:56 | referee: Frank Fullam
World Heavyweight Title
Baer down 3 times.

1941-09-29Lou Nova26-2-4
Polo Grounds, New York, New York, USAWTKO615
time: 2:59 | referee: Arthur Donovan
World Heavyweight Title
1941-06-18Billy Conn59-9-1
Polo Grounds, New York, New York, USAWKO1315
time: 2:58 | referee: Eddie Joseph 5-7 | judge: Marty Monroe 4-7 | judge: Bill Healy 6-6
World Heavyweight Title
Two rights to Conn's jaw ended the fight.

1941-05-23Buddy Baer52-5-0
Griffith Stadium, Washington, District of Columbia, USAWDQ715
referee: Arthur Donovan | judge: Jimmy Sullivan | judge: John Trigg
World Heavyweight Title
Louis down in first, Baer down three times in sixth. Last knockdown of Baer after the bell, according to Baer's manager, who then refuses to leave the ring, upon which Baer is disqualified.

1941-04-08Tony Musto29-10-1
Arena, Saint Louis, Missouri, USAWTKO915
time: 1:36 | referee: Arthur Donovan
World Heavyweight Title
Musto was knocked down in the 3rd round, his only trip to the canvas. Louis was well ahead on points when the fight was stopped because of a severe cut suffered by Tony.

1941-03-21Abe Simon34-7-0
Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USAWTKO1320
time: 1:20 | referee: Sam Hennessey 9-2 | judge: Dad Butler 3-1 | judge: Frank Neville 7-4
World Heavyweight Title
Simon was on the canvas four times before being stopped.

1941-02-17Gus Dorazio51-9-1
Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWKO215
time: 1:30 | referee: Irving Kutcher
World Heavyweight Title
1941-01-31Red Burman73-16-1
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWKO515
time: 2:49 | referee: Frank Fullam
World Heavyweight Title
Burman was stopped by a body punch.

1940-12-16Al McCoy68-16-5
Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USAWRTD515
referee: Johnny Martin
World Heavyweight Title
A badly swollen left eye saw the fight stopped after the end of the fifth round.
"Confusion marked the end of this battle at the end of five rounds in which suspense was high because it was felt that anything might happen, but practically nothing did." The New York Times.

1940-06-20Arturo Godoy52-10-7
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, USAWTKO815
time: 1:24 | referee: Billy Cavanaugh
World Heavyweight Title
Godoy was knocked down twice in the 8th round.

1940-03-29Johnny Paychek38-3-2
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWTKO215
time: 0:41 | referee: Arthur Donovan
World Heavyweight Title
Paychek was down for three nine-counts in the first round.

1940-02-09Arturo Godoy52-9-7
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWSD1515
referee: Arthur Donovan 10-5 | judge: Tommy Shortell 5-10 | judge: George LeCron 10-4
World Heavyweight Title
"Louis won sloppily against a bruising, mauling and rushing fighter who knew no fear or retreat." The New York Times
The only rounds in which the three agreed were the 3rd, 8th (both to Godoy) and the 14th (Louis). Lecron had it 10-4-1 in rounds for Louis. Godoy thought he was entitled to a draw but the New York Times reported the decision as "eminently fair" - its reporter giving it 10-5 to Louis, stating that other reporters had a similar result.

1939-09-20Bob Pastor38-4-4
Briggs Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USAWKO1120
time: 0:38 | referee: Sam Hennessey
World Heavyweight Title
Pastor was down four times in round one and once in round two.
Attendance: 33,868 (Paid Attendance: 32,199); Gross Gate: $347,870 (Radio broadcasting rights: $17,500)

1939-06-28Tony Galento76-23-5
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, USAWTKO415
time: 2:29 | referee: Arthur Donovan
World Heavyweight Title
Louis was staggered in round one and Galento was dropped in the second round. Louis was knocked down in third round.

1939-04-17Jack Roper61-39-10
Wrigley Field, Los Angeles, California, USAWKO110
time: 2:20 | referee: George Blake
World Heavyweight Title
1939-01-25John Henry Lewis97-9-4
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWKO115
time: 2:29 | referee: Arthur Donovan
World Heavyweight Title
Lewis was knocked down three times.

1938-06-22Max Schmeling52-7-4
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, USAWKO115
time: 2:04 | referee: Arthur Donovan
NYSAC World heavyweight title
National Boxing Association World heavyweight title
World Heavyweight Title
1938-04-01Harry Thomas40-11-2
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWKO515
time: 2:50
World Heavyweight Title - USA Version
1938-02-23Nathan Mann40-4-3
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWKO315
time: 1:56 | referee: Arthur Donovan
World Heavyweight Title - USA Version
Mann was down three times before the knockout.

1937-08-30Tommy Farr69-24-17
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, USAWUD1515
referee: Arthur Donovan 13-1 | 8-5 | 9-6
World Heavyweight Title
1937-06-22Jim Braddock45-23-4
Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois, USAWKO815
referee: Tommy Thomas
NYSAC World heavyweight title
National Boxing Association World heavyweight title
Louis down in 1st; Braddock in 8th.
NYSAC recognized Louis as Champion on June 30; NBA on July 1

1937-02-17Natie Brown32-22-7
Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri, USAWKO410
referee: Walter Bates
After three tame rounds, Louis opened up with a fusillade of rights and lefts to head and body and Brown went down for the count in 0:42 of the fourth. When the count was completed, Natie arose and made as if to attack Louis, but was restrained.
1937-01-29Bob Pastor21-1-2
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWUD1010
referee: Arthur Donovan 8-2 | judge: George LeCron 6-3 | judge: Charley Lynch 8-1
1937-01-11Steve Ketchel
Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, USAWKO24
time: 0:31 | referee: Johnny McAvoy | judge: Patsy Haley | judge: George Needham
Ketchell was a sub for Lou Poster
1936-12-14Eddie Simms23-21-3
Public Hall, Cleveland, Ohio, USAWTKO110
time: 0:26 | referee: Arthur Donovan
Referee Donovan stopped the bout because "another blow might have resulted fatally." This is the first time Simms had been knocked out in 52 contests. (AP)
1936-10-09Jorge Brescia8-0-0
Hippodrome, New York, New York, USAWKO310
time: 2:12 | referee: Arthur Donovan
1936-09-22Al Ettore56-7-2
Municipal Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWKO515
time: 1:28 | referee: Joe McGuigan
Attendance: 40,407
Ettore was down for counts of "3" and "9" in the fourth round, before being felled for the full count by left hooks.

1936-08-18Jack Sharkey37-12-3
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, USAWKO310
time: 1:02 | referee: Arthur Donovan
1936-06-19Max Schmeling48-7-4
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, USALKO1215
time: 2:29 | referee: Arthur Donovan
Louis was down in the 4th and 12th rounds
1936 Fight of the Year - Ring Magazine

1936-01-17Charley Retzlaff59-7-2
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWKO110
time: 1:25 | referee: Phil Collins
Retzlaff down twice. Attendance: 16,486.
1935-12-13Paulino Uzcudun50-16-3
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWTKO415
time: 2:32 | referee: Arthur Donovan
1935-09-24Max Baer40-8-0
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, USAWKO415
time: 3:09 | referee: Arthur Donovan
1935-08-07King Levinsky66-23-5
Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois, USAWTKO110
time: 2:21 | referee: Norm McGarrity
Levinsky connected with only two punches, one of which landed on Louis's shoulder and the other "looped around Joe's head, as Louis stepped inside and landed his own right." Levinsky was down four times and the referee stopped the fight during the last knockdown. It was Louis's easiest fight to date.
1935-06-25Primo Carnera81-7-0
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, USAWTKO615
time: 2:32 | referee: Arthur Donovan | judge: Charley Lynch | judge: Tommy Shortell
Carnera visited the canvas three times before becoming "utterly helpless, clinging to the top rope" when the bout was stopped. The New York Times.Attendance 60,000.
1935-04-22Biff Bennett12-14-1
Memorial Hall, Dayton, Ohio, USAWKO16
time: 1:15
From the Dayton Journal (Herb Goldman). This is usually shown as an exhibition on Louis's record, but was not so designated in the fight report. Bennett lasted only 1:15, and was knocked out by a one-two to the jaw.
1935-04-12Roy Lazer35-2-2
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWTKO310
time: 2:28 | referee: Davy Miller
1935-03-29Natie Brown30-17-7
Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USAWUD1010
referee: Elmer Slim McClelland
Brown down in first. (Description of Bout) More briefly, see The Ring, June 1935, page 50.
1935-03-08Don 'Red' Barry52-20-12
Dreamland Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USAWTKO310
referee: Toby Irwin
1935-02-21Lee Ramage40-9-5
Wrigley Field, Los Angeles, California, USAWTKO210
time: 2:11 | referee: Jess (Duke) Kenworthy
1935-01-11Hans Birkie31-28-8
Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWTKO1010
time: 1:47 | referee: Red Robinson
1935-01-04Patsy Perroni41-7-2
Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USAWPTS1010
referee: Sam Hennessey
Perroni down in 2d, 7th & 9th for nine-counts.
1934-12-14Lee Ramage40-8-5
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWTKO810
time: 2:51 | referee: Phil Collins
Ramage's corner throws in the towel following his fourth knockdown of the round.
1934-11-30Charley Massera32-9-4
Coliseum, Chicago, Illinois, USAWKO310
referee: Tommy Gilmore
There was little action in the first round. Massera got in some solid punches early in the second, but Louis came back strongly to take the round. In the third, a right staggered Charley and Louis followed up with a terrific left hook to the jaw and a smashing right and Massera fell halfway out of the ring. He was counted out while draped over the middle rope. (From the Chicago Tribune, Bob Soderman.)
1934-11-14Stanley Poreda28-8-0
Arcadia Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, USAWKO110
time: 2:40
Poreda was given two counts before being knocked out of the ring and was given a count of "20." Joe recived $732, Poreda $488
1934-10-31Jack O'Dowd23-8-2
Arena Gardens, Detroit, Michigan, USAWKO210
referee: Elmer Slim McClelland
1934-10-24Art Sykes4-5-0
Arcadia Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, USAWKO810
referee: Davy Miller
1934-09-26Adolph Wiater16-1-1
Arcadia Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, USAWPTS1010
Wiater was floored for no-count in round one and took a beating when he arose. He revived during the minute's rest and came back to even up the fight by the end of the seventh round. Louis landed the more punishing blows in the last three rounds to win. Chicago Tribune (Bob Soderman).
1934-09-11Al Delaney23-1-0
Naval Armory, Detroit, Michigan, USAWTKO410
referee: Elmer Slim McClelland
Canadian Al Delaney began boxing under his real name Alex Borchuk. According to THE RING, November 1934, page 62, "Borshuck (sic)..had the better of the going until the fourth round, when he was floored three times, and (his) Manager Jack Beaton threw in the towel."
1934-08-27Buck Everett38-16-3
Marigold Gardens Outdoor Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USAWKO28
1934-08-13Jack Kranz14-0-0
Marigold Gardens Outdoor Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USAWUD88
There were no knockdowns. According to the Chicago Tribune, it was a very close fight, even though Louis received the unanimous decision. (Bob Soderman)
1934-07-30Larry Udell24-6-2
Marigold Gardens Outdoor Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USAWTKO28
1934-07-12Willie Davies9-10-2
Bacon's Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USAWTKO36
referee: Davy Miller
Davies won the first round but Louis found his range in round two. The referee stopped the fight in round three because of a bad cut over Davies's left eye.
1934-07-04Jack Kracken27-7-3
Bacon's Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USAWKO16
referee: Davy Miller
"Shortly after the start of the fight the Detroit Negro sent Kracken down for a count of nine with a left hook to the jaw. When Kracken gained his feet, Louis knocked him through the ropes and into the lap of Joe Triner, chairman of the Illinois Athletic commission. Kracken crawled back into the ring at the count of 14, but Referee Dave Miller stopped the bout." Source: INS report

 
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