Joe Louis vs. Max Baer

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1935-09-24 : Joe Louis 198 lbs beat Max Baer 210 lbs by KO at 3:09 in round 4 of 15

  • Attendance: 88,150
  • Jack Dempsey was in Baer's corner
  • Purses: Louis-$217,337, Baer-$181,114
  • Baer was knocked down twice in the 3rd round. It was soon after determined that Baer should have been saved by the bell, as the round had actually lasted 3:09; and the rest period before the fourth round had lasted 74 seconds instead of one minute.
  • Going into this bout, Baer was hampered by hand injuries - Cinderella Man: James Braddock, Max Baer, and the Greatest Upset in Boxing History, Jeremy Schaap, p. 268; Iowans see Baer Brothers Monday, The Sheldon Mail, September 23, 1936 by Earl Jinkenson
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Newspaper Articles

  • [1] AP, August 22, 1935
  • [2] UPI, September 24, 1935
  • [3] The Milwaukee Journal, September 25, 1935
  • [4] Miami News, September 27, 1935


"Standing across the ring from Joe Louis and knowing he wants to go home early." - Max Baer's definition of fear.