Lou Nova

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Name: Lou Nova
Alias: Alameda Assassin
Birth Name: Jay Louis Nova
Hometown: Oakland, California, USA
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
Died: 1991-09-29 (Age:78)
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 188cm
Reach: 191cm
Pro Boxer: Record

Lou Nova was the 1935 National AAU Heavyweight Champion.

Based on comments made by his then trainer Ray Arcel, the dean of cornermen, Nova was a gullible young man who got his boxing career side-tracked by the teachings of a phony California mystic named "Oom the Omnipotent". Nova turned to yoga and developed the notion that he had a "Cosmic Punch". But the real turning point was likely the horrific mauling he took in the Galento fight. Two months after the fight Nova was admitted into Woodland Clinic where he was diagnosed with Staphylococcal Sepsis (Blood Poisoning), which the medical staff insisted had been in his system for sometime. Having dropped 30 lbs. during his convalescence and the subsequent time to build himself up once again kept Nova out of the ring for a year.

After his boxing career, he went on to appear in the movies and on television: IMDb credits. At time of his death, Nova had cancer and a heart ailment.

  • Birth year from SSDI.
  • Several sources including some contemporary ones list Nova as being over 6'3" tall but the official tale of the tape for his fight with Joe Louis listed Lou as 6' 2".