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Joe Louis

Updated on January 1, 2011

Introduction to Joe Louis

This Lens looks at the career highlights of Joe Louis and why he should be considered one of the greatest boxers of all time.

Three reasons why Joe Louis is The Greatest

There were no warnings with a Louis punch. He would lash out like a cobra, and it could be just as deadly.

Murray Goodman, (Boxing Scene. Spring 1995)

"It ain't like a punch, it's like somebody nailed you with a crowbar!"

James J. Braddock being asked what it was like to get hit by "The Brown Bomber's" punch -75 Years of The Ring, Vol. 3, No. 1, 1997 Section: The Best Puncher.

All the blows in Joe Louis arsenal were so perfectly and precisely thrown every time that you get the sense watching him that he couldn't have been wild or sloppy if he tried.

William Dettloff in the 2004 Ring Almanac describing his selection of Joe Louis at #1 among the 100 greatest punchers of all time.

Ring of Hate - More than just a Boxing Match - USA vs Germany in 1938

One of the greatest sporting events in history is told here in splendid, glorious detail. On June 22, 1938, the world heavyweight championship wasn't the only thing at stake when Joe Louis and Max Schmeling stepped into the ring. With the world on the brink of war, the fight was billed as a contest of nations and for many, against races as well.

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Heroes without a Country

In Heroes Without a Country, award-winning writer Donald McRae captures the uncanny coincidences and intertwined events that bound these men together -- through both triumph and tragedy -- and provides an intimate and thought-provoking dual portrait of two of the most important athletes of the twentieth century.

Early in Muhammad Ali's splendacious reign as heavyweight champion, he hired Joe as an "adviser" and they appeared on television together.

"Joe, you really think you coulda whupped me?" Ali said.

"When I had the title," Joe said, "I went on what they called a bum-of-the-month tour."

Ali's voice rose three octaves. "You mean I'm a bum?"

"You woulda been on the tour," Joe told his new employer.

From Joe Louis: A Sense of Dignity

By Red Smith

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Joe Louis will always be the Best Undisputed All American Hero and Icon. His legendary skills and perseverance to overcome adversity will forever be remembered in the hearts of people who truly understand what boxing is all about.

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      I have recently needed to convert my 'office' (sports memorabilia room) into a nursery. I have a Joe Louis autographed 1967 New York Yankees program. Pretty cool item that i want to go to a fan (preferably of both). email me for more info. ken1331@yahoo.com

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      TomKane1 

      9 years ago

      [in reply to Terry Carney] I have spent some time researching your question but so far haven't come up with anything. I'll keep looking! Regards, Tom

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      [in reply to thundertix] You can now see all the replica Joe Louis tickets at www.replicaticket.com

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      Dear Sir, could you please tell me if there is a photograph of the Lonsdale Belt presented to Joe Louis by The National Sporting Club,after he outpointed Tommy Farr in a World Heavyweight Championship contest in 1937. The belt was an entirely different pattern than those used for the British Title. Originally used for British Empire Title fights and held by Johny King and Dick Corbert.

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      Dear Sir, could you please tell me if there is a photograph of the Lonsdale Belt presented to Joe Louis by The National Sporting Club,after he outpointed Tommy Farr in a World Heavyweight Championship contest in 1937. The belt was an entirely different pattern than those used for the British Title. Originally used for British Empire Title fights and held by Johny King and Dick Corbert.

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      anonymous 

      10 years ago

      Joe Louis replica unused fight tickets...

      Great collectible for all Joe Louis fans.

      Email for list.

      thunderg@htc.net

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