In his time as a fighter, Joe Louis had 72 fights. He knocked out 57 opponents, endured three defeats and held the championship from 1937 until March 1949, the longest span of a heavyweight titleholder. Louis failed to regain the championship when he returned to the ring in 1950 and when Rocky Marciano knocked him out in 1951. The man who had been called the Brown Bomber was finished.
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