Joe Louis vs. Jack Roper

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Joe Louis (left) vs. Jack Roper

1939-04-17 : Joe Louis 201¼ lbs beat Jack Roper 204¾ lbs by KO at 2:20 in round 1 of 10

  • Location: Wrigley Field, Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Referee: George Blake


  • The Oakland Tribune reported that a crowd of 21,125 produced a gross gate of $87,697.75.
  • Louis was a 10-1 betting favorite.
  • Louis' purse was $45,000, and Roper's was $10,000.
  • Louis battered Roper along the ropes and sent the challenger to the canvas with a barrage of punches, finishing with a right hand. It was the only knockdown of the fight. Roper tried to pull himself up with the ropes, but he was counted out.
  • This was Louis' third straight first-round knockout victory.

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