When you read the history of the heavyweights, you’re reading a story that can be separated into BL and AL periods—Before Louis and After Louis.
Louis had a wry sense of humor and a gift for getting to the nub of a matter without the language clutter that often afflicts better-educated speakers
One of the best ways to get noticed in boxing in the 1930s and 1940s was to give Joe Louis a reasonable battle. "Some fellows put up better fights than others..."
The general impression of those who fight with their fists is that they're inarticulate, but the heavyweight champions had plenty to say, if you know where to look.
Most serious historians today agree on the top two slots...but from Number 3 on, it's pretty much wide open.
Thirty-six years ago today, Joe Louis died in Las Vegas at age 66. Fittingly, he made his final public appearance at a fight...
Closing down after 38 years, "the Joe" was named after the man still considered by some to be the best heavyweight of them all--and, in my view, the most influential American athlete.