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Joe Louis, 1936

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Joe Louis, 1936

Photographic portrait of Joe Louis (1914-1981), the American heavyweight boxer, pictured in 1936. Louis was one of the finest ever boxers, reigning as World Heavyweight between 1937 and 1950 and only losing three matches in his career

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1950 1981 Boxer Boxers Career Finest Heavy Weight Losing Matches Photographic Pictured Reigning 1936 1937


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This photograph captures the intensity and grace of Joe Louis, the legendary American heavyweight boxer, as he posed for the camera in 1936. Born on May 13, 1914, in Lafayette, Alabama, Louis would go on to become one of the finest boxers in history, reigning as the World Heavyweight Champion from 1937 to 1950. With a career record of 66 wins, 3 losses, and 1 draw, Louis is considered one of the greatest athletes of the 20th century. In this image, Louis' powerful physique and focused expression radiate determination and strength. His piercing gaze seems to challenge anyone who dares to doubt his abilities in the ring. The black-and-white photograph, taken during the height of Louis' career, captures the essence of a champion in his prime. Louis' reign as heavyweight champion began in 1937 when he defeated James J. Braddock in a shocking upset. Over the next 13 years, he defended his title a remarkable 25 times, including against notable opponents such as Max Schmeling and Rocky Marciano. His only losses came against Max Schmeling in 1936 and 1938, and against Rocky Marciano in 1951. Despite his retirement from boxing in 1951, Louis remained a cultural icon and a symbol of African American pride. He passed away on December 12, 1981, leaving behind a legacy that continues to inspire and captivate audiences around the world. This photograph serves as a testament to the enduring legacy of a true champion.

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