Joe Louis

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Joe Louis

Joe Louis (born Joseph Louis Barrow, May 13, 1914 - April 12, 1981) was an American boxer. He was the world heavyweight champion from 1937 to 1949. Louis won the title from James Braddock. He made a record twenty-five title defenses before giving up the title in 1949.

Perhaps his most famous fight was his one-round knockout of Max Schmeling, the German former heavyweight champion, in 1938. Schmeling had given Louis his only loss up to that point, and was widely seen at that time as a representative of Nazi Germany. The buildup to the fight was wrapped up in the politics of the United States versus Nazi Germany.

When World War II began, Louis signed up for the U.S. Army. While in the army, Joe boxed 100 exhibition bouts.

Louis died of a heart attack in Paradise, Nevada on April 12, 1981. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

He has an arena named after him, the Joe Louis Arena where the Detroit Red Wings play.[source?]

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Preceded by
James Braddock
World Heavyweight Champion
22 Jun 1937–1 Mar 1949
Abandons title
Succeeded by
Ezzard Charles