Joe Louis vs. Harry Thomas
1938-04-01 : Joe Louis 202½ lbs beat Harry Thomas 196 lbs by KO at 2:50 in round 5 of 15
- Location: Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA
World Heavyweight Title - USA Version
Thomas was down five times before the knockout. Thomas gave a very good account of himself. He won the second round and landed some dangerous punches in fifth round, the last being a smashing right to the jaw of Louis, only seconds before Louis scored the knockout. Attendance was 12,000 and the gate was $45,600. All information is from the Chicago Tribune (Bob Soderman).