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

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Walcott floors Louis in round four.

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


  • Louis was a 10 to 1 betting favorite.
  • A crowd of 18,194 produced a gate of $216,477.
  • Louis was down in rounds one and four.
  • Louis was so disgusted by his performance that he attempted to leave the ring as soon as the fight ended, but he was restrained by his handlers.
  • A ringside poll of 32 boxing writers had 21 scoring the bout for Walcott, ten scoring it for Louis and one calling 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