1944-11-14 : Joe Louis 205 lbs beat Johnny Davis 190 lbs by KO at 0:53 in round 1 of 4
- Location: Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, USA
- Referee: Billy Cavanaugh
- Judge: John Sturges
- Judge: Frank Forbes
Heavyweight title at stake per New York State Athletic Commission ruling
"Sgt. Joe Louis, heavyweight champion of the world, today continued along his all victorious exhibition tour while enjoying a 21 day furlough. The champion's latest victory was a 53 second knockout over Johnny Davis of Brooklyn, scored here last night before 6,500 fans at Memorial Auditorium. Louis, holding a tremendous weight and reach advantage over Davis, started the fight slowly, using soft light jabs, but when Davis tried to force the fight, Joe landed the only punch necessary, a hard right to the chin. Davis was out when he hit the canvas." -United Press
- Although NY state rules forbid exhibition bouts and state that every fight must be four rounds to a decision, Gen. John J. Phelan, the NY commission chairman, ruled before this bout that a world championship bout can be for nothing less than 15 rounds. That ruling made this bout an exhibition with no title on the line.
- On Nov. 13th, the day before this bout, Louis fought a three round exhibition in Washington against Jimmy Bell.
- On Nov. 15th, the day after the Davis bout, Louis fought a three round (2 minute rounds) in Elizabeth, N.J., against Dee Amos.