Joe Louis Celebrity LifeJoseph Louis Barrow was born in Chambers County in Alabama on the 13th of May 1914. He is most famous for being known as a professional boxer for America between the years of 1934 and 1951. He was considered to be the greatest heavyweight boxer of all-time reigning as the champion between the years of 1937 to 1949.
Due to his performance as a professional boxer and a heavyweight champion, Joe was nicknamed as the Brown Bomber. His biggest feat is when he was the winner for 25 consecutive title defenses in a row.
During his tenure as a professional boxer, Louis was the first African-American to be known within the United States of America as a national hero. He was also considered to be a focal point to anti-Nazi sentiments that originated during the period of World War II.
Joe Louis was also the first person to switch sports career into golf and hence breaking the sport’s color barrier of that time. He appeared in a PGA event of 1952 for playing Golf.
The Start of Joe's Career
During the time of the worldwide economic depression of the 1930s which was popularly known as The Great Depression Joe Louis’ mother wanted him to take up the violin, but he was more interested in taking up boxing as a matter of interest. His debut into the field of boxing happened at the age of 17.
Through his amateur debut, he won against many players that eventually got him the club championship of Brewster Street Recreation Center. By the time Joe’s amateur career had ended, he had a total of 43 knockouts and had won 50 matches in total.
Start of Joe's Professional Boxing Career
It was the amateur performance of Joe Louis that gave way to him taking up professional boxing as a career. On the 4th of July 1934, Joe debuted as a professional boxer and most of his fights were restricted to the Chicago area.
In his first year as a professional boxer, Louis won all 12 of the fights that he participated in out of which 10 of them were by knockout. It was also a year after him debuting as a professional boxer, Joe married Marva Trotter who was the secretary of Lee Ramage.
Lee Ramage was defeated in a fight with Louis and his secretary was invited to the celebration party.
For African-Americans around the world, this moment in history was a turning point and called for celebrations. The celebrations lasted all night, as per reports of that day.
Joe Louis vs. Schmelling II: A Historic Fight
After the world championship, Joe Louis had decided to train himself as a boxer even more and taking into account defense. His biggest opponent was Schmeling II who had originally beat him at the championship and returned to Germany as a hero.
Schmeling, for Germany, was proof of their Aryan superiority to other races and Nazi party publicists thought of him as a hero. Louis however, wanted a rematch with Schmeling to prove to the world and himself that he was deserving of the World Championship title.
On the 22nd of June 1938, they both had their second boxing match which resulted in Joe Louis winning over Schmeling. This match was a historic event as an African-American boxer defeated the German boxer in front of the world.
On the 1st of March 1949, Joe Louis announced that he would be retiring as a professional boxer and after defending his title as the world champion for years. However, in the following years, he would continue to make an appearance in consecutive matches that took place from time to time.
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