History | Dec 05 2018

On This Day: Joe Louis clings to world heavyweight title after contentious decision victory over Jersey Joe Walcott

Joe Louis survives two knockdowns to salvage victory over unlucky Jersey Joe Walcott, writes Matt Christie
Joe Louis vs Jersey Joe Walcott
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1. WHEN Jersey Joe Walcott was first mentioned as an opponent for world heavyweight champion Joe Louis a 10-round distance was scheduled, and only a knockout win for the underdog would have brought the title into play.

2. THAT plan was righty scrapped and the bout, in New York’s Madison Square Garden on December 5 1947, was scheduled for the championship distance of 15 rounds.

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