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Joe Louis Record

Total Fights69
Title Wins3
Title Defenses26
Title-Fight KOs23
KO Wins52
KO Losses2
Joe Louis Record & Stats
Joe Louis' Record
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      What is Joe Louis' boxing record?

      In a professional boxing career spanning 17 years and three months, Joe Louis fought 69 times with 66 wins and 3 losses.

      Louis retired from professional boxing with a record of 66-3, which included three heavyweight world-title wins and 26 successful title defense fights. He had a 75.4% knockouts-to-fights ratio with 52 of his total 69 fights being knockout wins, 23 of which were in title fights. Louis suffered two knockout losses, both of which were in non-title fights.

      His last fight was a 8th round TKO defeat to Rocky Marciano on October 26, 1951.

      Some of Louis' best fights and notable victories include wins over eight Hall-of-Famers (Jimmy Bivins, Jersey Joe Walcott, Billy Conn, John Henry Lewis, Max Schmeling, James J. Braddock, Jack Sharkey, and Max Baer), Primo Carnera.

      69Oct 26, 195137Rocky MarcianoLossTKO8
      68Aug 15, 195137Jimmy BivinsWinUD
      67Aug 1, 195137Cesar BrionWinUD
      66Jun 15, 195137Lee SavoldWinKO6
      65May 2, 195136Omelio AgramonteWinUD
      64Feb 23, 195136Andy WalkerWinTKO10
      63Feb 7, 195136Omelio AgramonteWinUD
      62Jan 3, 195136Freddie BeshoreWinTKO4
      61Nov 29, 195036Cesar BrionWinUD
      60Sep 27, 195036Ezzard CharlesLoss *UD
      59Jun 25, 194834Jersey Joe WalcottWin *KO11
      58Dec 5, 194733Jersey Joe WalcottWin *SD
      57Sep 18, 194632Tami MaurielloWin *KO1
      56Jun 19, 194632Billy ConnWin *KO8
      55Nov 14, 194430Johnny DavisWin *TKO1
      54Mar 27, 194227Abe SimonWin *TKO6
      53Jan 9, 194227Buddy BaerWin *KO1
      52Sep 29, 194127Lou NovaWin *TKO6
      51Jun 18, 194127Billy ConnWin *KO13
      50May 23, 194127Buddy BaerWin *DQ
      49Apr 8, 194126Tony MustoWin *TKO9
      48Mar 21, 194126Abe SimonWin *TKO13
      47Feb 17, 194126Gus DorazioWin *KO2
      46Jan 31, 194126Red BurmanWin *KO5
      45Dec 16, 194026Al McCoyWin *RTD5
      44Jun 20, 194026Arturo GodoyWin *TKO8
      43Mar 29, 194025Johnny PaychekWin *TKO2
      42Feb 9, 194025Arturo GodoyWin *SD
      41Sep 20, 193925Bob PastorWin *KO11
      40Jun 28, 193925Tony GalentoWin *TKO4
      39Apr 17, 193924Jack RoperWin *KO1
      38Jan 25, 193924John Henry LewisWin *KO1
      37Jun 22, 193824Max SchmelingWin *KO1
      36Apr 4, 193823Harry ThomasWin *KO5
      35Feb 23, 193823Nathan MannWin *KO3
      34Aug 30, 193723Tommy FarrWin *UD
      33Jun 22, 193723James J. BraddockWin *KO8
      32Feb 17, 193722Natie BrownWinKO4
      31Jan 29, 193722Bob PastorWinUD
      30Jan 11, 193722Steve KetchelWinKO2
      29Dec 14, 193622Eddie SimmsWinTKO1
      28Oct 9, 193622Jorge BresciaWinKO3
      27Sep 22, 193622Al EttoreWinKO5
      26Aug 18, 193622Jack SharkeyWinKO3
      25Jun 19, 193622Max SchmelingLossKO12
      24Jan 17, 193621Charley RetzlaffWinKO1
      23Dec 13, 193521Paulino UzcudunWinTKO4
      22Sep 24, 193521Max BaerWinKO4
      21Aug 7, 193521King LevinskyWinTKO1
      20Jun 25, 193521Primo CarneraWinTKO6
      19Apr 22, 193520Biff BennettWinKO1
      18Apr 12, 193520Roy LazerWinKO3
      17Mar 29, 193520Natie BrownWinUD
      16Mar 8, 193520Don BarryWinTKO3
      15Feb 21, 193520Lee RamageWinTKO2
      14Jan 11, 193520Hans BirkieWinTKO10
      13Jan 4, 193520Patsy PerroniWinPTS
      12Dec 14, 193420Lee RamageWinTKO8
      11Nov 30, 193420Charley MasseraWinKO3
      10Nov 14, 193420Stanley PoredaWinKO1
      9Oct 31, 193420Jack O'DowdWinKO2
      8Oct 24, 193420Art SykesWinKO8
      7Sep 26, 193420Adolph WiaterWinPTS
      6Sep 11, 193420Al DelaneyWinTKO4
      5Aug 27, 193420Buck EverettWinKO2
      4Aug 13, 193420Jack KranzWinUD
      3Jul 30, 193420Larry UdellWinTKO2
      2Jul 12, 193420Willie DaviesWinTKO3
      1Jul 7, 193420Jack KrackenWinKO1

      * World-title fight

      Boxing career

      Joe Louis (Brown Bomber) was an American professional boxer. He was born in LaFayette, Alabama, U.S. on May 13, 1914. He was a heavyweight world champion. He died on April 12, 1981 at the age of 66 years. Louis was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF) in 1990. His professional boxing career spanned more than 17 years — from 1934 to 1951.

      Louis made his professional boxing debut against Jack Kracken at the age of 20 on July 7, 1934, defeating Kracken via 1st round KO. He went on to win 23 more consecutive fights after the debut, which included 19 wins via stoppage.

      He had his first world title fight at the age of 23 on June 22, 1937 after 32 professional fights, against James J. Braddock for the heavyweight NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring titles. He defeated Braddock via 8th round KO to become the heavyweight champion of the world.

      Louis won one world title at heavyweight. For all the details about Louis' world title wins and defenses refer to the "Championships" section below.

      Louis had a total of three losses in his professional boxing career.

      His last professional fight was a non-title bout against fellow American boxer Rocky Marciano at 37 years of age, on October 26, 1951. Louis lost the fight via 8th round TKO.


      Louis had a total of 28 world-title fights, which includes winning three world titles and 26 successful title defenses. He won 27 of these fights and lost one.

      Title Wins

      Joe Louis fought for a heavyweight world title in two fights and won once, which came via way of stoppage. He won one heavyweight belt.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles WonMethod
      Jun 22, 1937James J. BraddockHeavyweightNBA, NYSAC, The RingKO

      Title Defenses

      Joe Louis had 26 heavyweight world-title defense fights. He won all of these fights.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles DefendedMethod
      Jun 25, 1948Jersey Joe WalcottHeavyweightNBA, NYSAC, The RingKO
      Dec 5, 1947Jersey Joe WalcottHeavyweightNBA, NYSAC, The RingSD
      Sep 18, 1946Tami MaurielloHeavyweightNBA, NYSAC, The RingKO
      Jun 19, 1946Billy ConnHeavyweightNBA, NYSAC, The RingKO
      Nov 14, 1944Johnny DavisHeavyweightNYSAC, The RingTKO
      Mar 27, 1942Abe SimonHeavyweightNBA, NYSAC, The RingTKO
      Jan 9, 1942Buddy BaerHeavyweightNBA, NYSAC, The RingKO
      Sep 29, 1941Lou NovaHeavyweightNBA, NYSAC, The RingTKO
      Jun 18, 1941Billy ConnHeavyweightNBA, NYSAC, The RingKO
      May 23, 1941Buddy BaerHeavyweightNBA, NYSAC, The RingDQ
      Apr 8, 1941Tony MustoHeavyweightNBA, NYSAC, The RingTKO
      Mar 21, 1941Abe SimonHeavyweightNBA, NYSAC, The RingTKO
      Feb 17, 1941Gus DorazioHeavyweightNBA, NYSAC, The RingKO
      Jan 31, 1941Red BurmanHeavyweightNBA, NYSAC, The RingKO
      Dec 16, 1940Al McCoyHeavyweightNBA, NYSAC, The RingRTD
      Jun 20, 1940Arturo GodoyHeavyweightNBA, NYSAC, The RingTKO
      Mar 29, 1940Johnny PaychekHeavyweightNBA, NYSAC, The RingTKO
      Feb 9, 1940Arturo GodoyHeavyweightNBA, NYSAC, The RingSD
      Sep 20, 1939Bob PastorHeavyweightNBA, NYSAC, The RingKO
      Jun 28, 1939Tony GalentoHeavyweightNBA, NYSAC, The RingTKO
      Apr 17, 1939Jack RoperHeavyweightNBA, NYSAC, The RingKO
      Jan 25, 1939John Henry LewisHeavyweightNBA, NYSAC, The RingKO
      Jun 22, 1938Max SchmelingHeavyweightNBA, NYSAC, The RingKO
      Apr 4, 1938Harry ThomasHeavyweightNBA, The RingKO
      Feb 23, 1938Nathan MannHeavyweightNBA, NYSAC, The RingKO
      Aug 30, 1937Tommy FarrHeavyweightNYSAC, The RingUD


      Louis fought a total of 69 times during his professional career, which includes 28 world-title fights at the heavyweight division. He was among the very best of his generation and is one of the pound-for-pound best boxers of all time. These nine fights are the highlight of his career.

      • June 25, 1935: Joe Louis puts on the first remarkable performance of his career, defeating Primo Carnera via 6th round TKO.

      • September 24, 1935: Joe Louis beats Max Baer via 4th round KO.

      • August 18, 1936: Joe Louis beats Jack Sharkey via 3rd round KO.

      • June 22, 1937: Louis wins his first world titles by defeating James J. Braddock via 8th round KO. He is now the NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring heavyweight world champion.

      • June 22, 1938: Louis successfully defends the NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring heavyweight titles against Max Schmeling, winning the fight via 1st round KO.

      • June 18, 1941: Louis successfully defends the NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring heavyweight titles against Billy Conn, winning the fight via 13th round KO.

      • June 19, 1946: Louis successfully defends the NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring heavyweight titles against Billy Conn, winning the fight via 8th round KO.

      • December 5, 1947: Louis successfully defends the NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring heavyweight titles against Jersey Joe Walcott, winning the fight via 15 round split decision.

      • June 25, 1948: Louis successfully defends the NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring heavyweight titles against Jersey Joe Walcott, winning the fight via 11th round KO.


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