Joe Louis vs. Buddy Baer (1st meeting)

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1941-05-23 : Joe Louis 201¾ lbs beat Buddy Baer 237½ lbs by DQ in round 7 of 15

World Heavyweight Title

  • First heavyweight title bout ever held in Washington, DC
  • For the first time since Luis Angel Firpo vs. Jack Dempsey, the World's Heavyweight Champion (Louis) was knocked through the ropes, in the first round.
  • Louis down in first, Baer down three times in sixth.
  • The last knockdown of Baer occurred after the bell, according to Baer's manager, who then refuses to leave the ring, upon which Baer is disqualified.