Joe Louis vs. Jersey Joe Walcott (1st meeting)

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Walcott hits Louis with a right

1947-12-05 : Joe Louis 211½ lbs beat Jersey Joe Walcott 194½ lbs by SD in round 15 of 15

  • World Heavyweight Championship (24th defense by Louis)
  • Photo 1, Photo 2


  • Louis was a 10 to 1 betting favorite, according to the New York Times.
  • Louis was down in rounds one and four.
  • A ringside poll of 32 boxing writers had twenty-one scoring the bout for Walcott, ten scoring it for Louis and one scoring it a draw.

Newspaper Articles

  • [1] "Louis Retains Tottering Title" Associated Press, December 6, 1947
  • [2] "Blow-by-Blow Description of Joe Louis Vs. Walcott Heavyweight Fight" Associated Press, December 6, 1947