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1944-11-14 : Joe Louis 205 lbs beat Johnny Davis 190 lbs by KO at 0:53 in round 1 of 4

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.