Joe Louis vs. King Levinsky

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King Levinsky (left) vs. Joe Louis

1935-08-07 : Joe Louis 198½ lbs beat King Levinsky 197¾ lbs by TKO at 2:21 in round 1 of 10

  • Location: Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • Referee: Norm McGarrity

From The Associated Press:

King Levinsky tonight went the way of all flesh that has contacted the lethal blows of Joe Louis, Detroit's sensational brown bomber.

After two minutes and 21 seconds of fighting, Levinsky, battered to the floor three times, squatted on the ropes of the ring and pleaded for mercy. Chicago's glorified ex-fish peddler, hopelessly beaten in those exciting two minutes, sat on the bottom rope of the ring in a neutral corner and appealed to Norman McGarrity to stop the battle.

"Don't let him hit me again. I am through," Levinsky pleaded through chalk-like lips.

Louis, fighting savagely from the start, stood immobile in mid-ring, waiting for Levinsky to get up as he gazed into the far recesses of Comiskey Park, home of the White Sox, that held 40,000 bewildered spectators.

Referee McGarrity took the beaten Levinsky by the arm and helped him to his corner and into the arms of his stunned handlers.

Thus the battle, scheduled to go ten rounds, ended.

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