Sunday, June 15, 2014
June 15, 1951: The Brown Bomber Scores His Final KO
On June 15, 1951, "The Brown Bomber" Joe Louis recorded the last knockout of his career in the sixth round of a bout against Lee Savold at Madison Square Garden in New York. The man who had began his professional career in 1937 recorded was 37 years of age while Savold was 35. Many newspapers around the country dubbed it an old timers fight, and some even called it the "Battle of the Aged." As always each fighter had supreme confidence that they would come out victorious, but it was Louis who would dominate his opponent throughout the short battle. The only round awarded to Savold was the fifth. However, the sixth was a different story, as Louis unleashed a flurry of combinations that brought blood pouring from his opponent's face, and eventually sent him crashing to the canvas. Louis recorded two more unanimous decisions before his storied career came to an end after losing to Rocky Marciano by TKO in October of that same year. Louis knocked out 52 men in his career. His final record stood at 66-3-1.