Joe Louis Boxer

Birthday May 13, 1914
Birthplace LaFayette, AL
Death Date Apr 12, 1981 (age 66)
Birth Sign Taurus


Widely regarded as one of the best boxers of all-time, he compiled a career record of 66-3 and reigned as the World Heavyweight Champion from 1937 to 1949.

Before Fame

He attended Bronson Vocational School, where he was learning the trade of cabinet making before beginning his boxing career.


He won 25 of his title defense fights during his career, setting a long-standing record.

Family Life

He had two children and was married three times. His last marriage was to lawyer Martha Jefferson.

Associated With

He had a long and much publicized rivalry with Max Schmeling, and, after their careers, the two fighters became close friends.


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