Last Updated: 11 Oct, 2023 | Views: 664
Other Profession(s): Actor
Famous For: Boxing Legend And Cultural Icon
Higher Education: High school
Joseph Louis Barrow was a boxer from United States who competed professionally between 1934 and 1951. His title as heavyweight world champion lasted from 1937 until 1949. He won 25 straight championship defences, which is a record across all weight divisions. Louis has held the title of champion for the longest period in boxing history. He was a focal point of anti-Nazi feeling before and throughout World War II because of his epic rematch with German fighter Max Schmeling in 1938, and he is largely recognised as the first individual of African-American heritage to earn the status of a national hero within the United States.
In 1932: Louis began his career when he was 17 years old.
In 1933: Louis defeated Joe Biskey in the light heavyweight division of the Detroit Golden Gloves Novice Division.
In 1938: Schmeling and Louis had their second encounter in the boxing ring.
In 1942: He raised $47,000 by fighting his former opponent Buddy Baer in a charity bout for the Navy Relief Society.
In 1943: His film debut was in the Michael Curtiz-directed wartime musical This Is the Army.
Achievements and Awards:
In 1935: Louis received the "Athlete of the Year" award.
In 1936: Ring magazine named Louis Boxer of the Year.
In 1993: The first boxer to appear on a U.S. postage stamp.
In the years following his passing, Louis received tributes on postage stamps, in motion pictures, and by having the hockey team's arena dedicated in his honour.
His twenty-five consecutive wins made him the first man in history to successfully defend his title.
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