TUESDAY, AUGUST 31, 1937
JOE LOUIS vs TOMMY FARR
EIGHT ROUNDS TO LOUIS,
SIX TO FARR, ONE EVEN
First Round Farr opened the proceedings with a
Second Round Farr tried to open with his left,
Third Round It was Farr, who again started the
Fourth Round Louis began by scoring with a left
Fifth Round Louis pecked at Farr's face with a
Sixth Round Farr's two eyes were bleeding
Seventh Round Tommy came out of his corner
Eighth Round Louis, sensing that he was gaining
Ninth Round Farr came up comparatively fresh
Tenth Round The crowd cheered vociferously for
Eleventh Round Farr scored smartly with a left
from long __
Twelfth Round The crowd was again shouting for
Farr as __
Round The boxers exchanged lefts, and
then after __
Round Louis started operations with a
left, which he __
Fifteenth Round Farr came out first and met his man
to Louis's body. Grim faced, with his
chin tucked well down into his left
shoulder, the Welshman opened up another
attack, in which he scored with a fine left,
He continued to make the fighting, and
once more he rushed in at Louis, hammer-
ing away with both fists in a furious bout
It was obvious that Farr's intention
was to keep Louis moving. He did not
intend to allow the negro to get posi-
tioned to let out his "murderous" left.
Farr again went in and narrowly missed
Louis's chin. The champion retaliated by
shooting out his left aimlessly. Farr nipped
in quickly and scored with a one-two punch
to the head and body, and Louis
replied with a left to the face.
The British champion refused to let
up for a moment, and in he rushed again
to force Louis to the ropes. The negro,
however, fought back strongly and got
in some straight lefts, but they lacked sting.
Louis thought he saw an opening for a
left hook, but a quick feint by Farr made
him miss by a long way. Louis again
tried with some snappy lefts to Farr's head,
and the latter replied with hefty body
punches, followed by a tattoo of lefts to
the negro's head. Still Farr relentlessly
went after his man and forced Louis to
retreat under the fierceness of his attack.
Easily Farr's round.
missed. They both fell into a clinch broke
away without any damage being done, and
then indulged in some sparring at long
The Welshman scored well to the body
with both hands, after which both ex-
changed a series of left jabs. Louis scored
to Farr's face with one such punch, but
Farr, who was moving around like a ballet
dancer, leapt away from the force of the
blow. He kept moving swiftly, obviously
part of the secret plans, and leapt in like
lightning with jabs to the head. Again he
landed with a light right and then missed
Louis then came into his own a little
and jolted Farr's head with a stinging left.
Farr soon showed that he was not badly
hurt, for he came back to send Louis
against the ropes with a fierce two-fisted
attack to Louis's ribs.
The champion, however, gave punch
for punch and landed with another of
his hard lefts, but Farr replied by
planting several lefts in his opponent's
face, and finished the round with a hard
right to the body. Farr's round.
sive in this session with a right hook to
Louis's head and then, going into a clinch,
got in several light blows to the body,
followed by a hefty right which caught
Louis on the side of the head. He repeated
this blow, but Louis countered it with a
fine right to the head.
Louis thought he saw another opening for
a knockout, and he tried with a terrific
right to the head, but Farr, who was bob-
bing and weaving cleverly, made him miss
by a wide margin.
Farr repeatedly circled out of distance of
Louis's deadly left and the negro was given
few opportunities of bringing it into action.
Jabbing constantly and peppering Louis's
face with light lefts, he appeared to be
getting the negro worried.
With what seemed a little like desper-
ation, Louis jumped in and landed two swift
left jabs, followed by a series of rights.
Louis, finding this method of attack suc-
cessful, again moved in and jabbed away
swiftly at Farr's face.
This treatment caused Farr to retreat
gradually, but towards the end of the
round he again went into his man and
caught him with a hard short left,followed
by a right to the head.
At this point Farr's right eye was
bleeding, but it was difficult to see if it
was an old injury that had been
reopened. Just as the round ended Louis
poked a hard right to Farr's head. Louis's
to the face, but Farr countered with a left
hook, and then beat a tattoo to Louis's
It was now Louis who was doing all
the forcing. He worked Farr into a
corner, but Farr, revealing his splendid
ringcraft, maneuvered himself out of
Farr rushed in with a right hook to
Louis's head, but the latter retaliated by jerk-
ing back Farr's head with a similar blow.
Farr tried a right, but Louis swept it aside
and "pecked" Farr's face with some light
lefts. Louis led with a left jab, but Farr
countered this by shooting out a piston-like
left to Louis's nose.
Louis continued to beat a tattoo on Farr's
face with his left hand. Farr tried a right
hook, missed badly, but followed up with
a hard right to the head. Louis was now
continually moving in and backed Farr
against the ropes, where he missed with a
heavy right hook.
Farr countered with a bombardment to
the body and turned the tables by forcing
Louis to the ropes. Louis's round.
and Farr replied in kind. An exchange of
blows from long range followed, and Farr
got in a right to the head. Louis poked
another left to Farr's face, and Farr, trying
to attack, was beaten back.
The pace of fighting had naturally
slackened down a lot at this point, and
the crowd impatiently clapped for action.
The boxers, however, continued to
exchange the lightest of blows, but later
Farr landed with a stinging right to
Louis's head. Louis replied with a ter-
rific right which shook Farr.
The Welshman fought back savagely
and, bobbing and weaving, landed with a
right swing to the head. Louis was still
eager to force the pace, however, and he
again walked in with a left hook, but
missed with his repeat attempt.
Farr then leapt in and shot out three
quick lefts, but Louis, unaffected, scored
with a similar blow. Louis's round.
at the end of the fifth round, but he came
out strongly enough for the sixth.
He scored with a light left to the body
and then he drove the negro across the ring,
while the crowd roared frantically as he
slammed away and scored with an upper-
Farr's left eye began to bleed again, but
this did not stop him attacking. He landed
a heavy left hook and followed up with a
stinging jab to the head. Farr again
charged forward and hurt Louis with a
powerful left to the body. A left uppercut
followed, after which both exchanged lefts
at long distance.
Farr, again bobbing and weaving for an
opening, saw on and immediately flashed
out a tremendous right hook which shook
Louis. Not letting up, Tommy got in a
series of light lefts to the face and then
avoided Louis's attempts to jab him in the
Farr was timing perfectly at this stage,
and he swung over a powerful hard right
which landed on top of the negro's
head. Another hard right to the body
followed, and Farr finished the round
attacking furiously. Farr's round.
and struck out some snappy lefts to the
negro's face. He continued to score
repeatedly with some finely-timed left
swings, but the champion, seizing an open-
ing, caught Farr with a couple left
The men fell into a clinch, where they
pummeled away to the body, but the force
of Farr's attacks compelled Louis to give
ground. The challenger backed Louis to
the ropes and shot out both hands to
the body quickly, but Louis, fighting
desperately, cleared his way out and
landed with two terrific lefts. Louis got
his left hand going perfectly at this point,
and Farr did not find it so easy to avoid it.
Farr again was bleeding from cuts
under both eyes. Louis attempted to
force home his advantage, and scored
with both hands to the head, forcing
Tommy to give ground.
Farr's face was now a gory sight, the
blood from his eye injuries streaming down
his face. He was still full of fight, how-
ever, but a last desperate attack was
spoiled by over-eagerness. Louis's round.
mastery, came smartly out of his corner,
eager for the "kill." He got in a light left,
but Farr retaliated likewise, and then,
feinting cleverly, sent over a right to the
face. Farr threw another right, but it went
harmlessly over Louis's head.
Tommy backed up and flicked Louis with
a one-two punch, driving him to the
ropes, where the negro met his attack with
two quick left hooks to the head.
Louis scored with another left jab, but
this stung Farr into action, for he leapt
in and landed a stinging left hook to the
head. Louis, impassive as ever, walked
grimly into his man again, jabbing away
relentlessly to Farr's head.
After Farr had missed badly with a right
the two men circled around each other in
the center of the ring until Farr caught his
man with a stiff right uppercut and then
poured in a ceaseless attack to Louis's body.
Fighting at terrific speed, Farr, with both
arms flailing like windmills, forced Louis
to the ropes once more, causing him to hang
on. Farr tried to force him off, and chopped
down a right and left to the head. Louis
replied by scoring with a hard right to the
head and another on Farr's bleeding eye.
Farr was still full of fight, and just
before the bell he shook Louis with a hard
right hook to the body. Farr's round.
eager to get to grips, and he opened the
attack with two left hooks to the head. He
then tore in furiously and got Louis on the
ropes, where he punched away smartly to
the body. Joe fought back and got in two
straight lefts, but Farr, again feinting
cleverly, shot out a right, but it just missed
Louis continued to concentrate on Farr's
damaged eye, but Farr tried to keep him
away by shooting out stinging lefts. He got
in a fine left hook to the body and then
forced Louis to the ropes once more with a
At this stage Louis's right eye appeared
to be puffing up. Farr again rushed Louis
to the ropes with fierceness of his
attack, and he battered away at the negro's
They clinched following a fine left hook
by Farr, and Louis got in some jabs to the
face. They again fell into a clinch where
Farr landed with a right to the head, the
force of which shook the champion.
Following up, Farr poked Louis on the
chin with a stiff left hook. Farr's round.
as he came out for this session and landed
with a light left to the face and another
to the stomach. Farr again walked into
his man and scored with a left hook to the
body, to which Louis replied with another
left-hander which had not the slightest
weight behind it.
Farr then threw over a hard right hook to
the head, followed by two more rights to the
same quarter. Farr was attacking ceaselessly
and got in another left to the body. Farr again
tore into his man and forced him to the ropes
but Louis fought him off with a "haymaking"
right, which, however, only just scraped Farr's
face. It was a fortunate escape. Louis jabbed
with his left as Tommy again moved in, but he
Farr landed with a light left to the face
and then missed with a "roundhouse" right.
A heavy left caught Louis in the body, how-
ever, and Louis trying to fight off his man,
missed with a right.
Louis fought back strongly towards the end
of the round, however, and shook Farr with a
right to the head just before the bell.
range, and again jumping in quickly, caught
Louis on top of the head with a right. Farr
was a little impetuous and a wild right failed to
find its mark. He jabbed Louis in the face with
his left, when the latter tried similar tactics
Farr took blows on his arms. With his
clever ducking and weaving he was an extremely
difficult target to hit.
The Welshman continued to keep his left
going well, and he landed with a series of four
in succession to Louis's face. Farr attacked
with two left-handers and then chopped over a
right, forcing Louis to the ropes once again.
He attempted to put over a smashing right,
but he mistimed it and caught Louis on the
shoulder. he pecked Louis lightly in the face
and then jabbed him with a hard right to the
Farr maintained a furious attack and got in to
the head and body with both hands. Farr ended
the round with a fusillade of lefts to the
face. Easily Farr's round.
Louis stepped in and shot a barrage of straight
lefts. Farr returned to the attack, however, and
stung the negro with a series of left hooks to
the head. He drove his man to the ropes. Louis
tried to force his way out and landed with a
right to the head, but it made no impression on
Farr, who was displaying a magnificent defense.
Louis cleverly ducked under a left swing, but
Farr crowded his man and smartly forced him
to retreat. He swung a heavy left-hook to
Louis's ear and continued to jab the champion
in the face. The negro was unable to get set,
as Farr moved around quickly, swiftly shooting
out his left hand in a disconcerting manner.
Farr scored to the face and then threw over
a heavy right-hook to the face; but this was
blocked in clever style by Louis. Farr again
shot out a chopping right-hander to Louis's
chin. Round even.
encircling each other, Farr bored in and punched
away to the body with heavy rights. Louis
replied with several left hooks to the body, but
Farr fought his man off and got his left working
Tommy's eyes and nose were slightly bleeding
at this stage, but it did not look serious. Louis
pushed over some short, snappy lefts to the head,
but Farr countered with similar tactics.
They continued to employ the same tactics,
but Farr changed the order by scoring with two
rights to the side of the head.
Louis threw over a short right hook to the head
and followed with some left jabs to the face.
Farr attempted to open up an attack, but he
missed badly with his right, although he scored
with a left. Louis on the ropes, fought his way
clear and proceeded to belabour Farr with some
rights and lefts to the head.
Farr wilted under the force of his attacks,
one of them caused more blood to flow freely
from his nose.
An exchange of lefts and rights to the head
followed, but Louis wound up the round with
a vicious attack. Louis's round.
poked on to Farr's gory nose; and Farr retaliated
with a right which, however, missed its objec-
tive. As Louis walked in again, Tommy ducked
away, but Louis would not be denied and landed
a couple of lefts to the body. Farr missed with
his counting efforts and then attempted to get
inside, but Louis chopping and jabbing, forced
Louis was now definitely making the pace,
and he caught Farr with a volley of straight
lefts. Farr replied by slinging over some right-
handers, but they missed Louis's head by a
wide margin. Louis landed to the side of the
head with a short right and caused Farr to
dance out of distance. Louis's round.
center of the ring, where they shook hands for
the final round. Farr immediately started to
beat a tattoo of lefts to Louis's face, followed by
a right to the head.
They exchanged several short jabs, and then
Farr shot out his left, which was working like a
piston rod. He missed with a right to the body,
but landed with a left, after which Louis tried
a couple of rights.
The champion's timing was faulty, however,
and Farr found opportunity to push out two
lefts to the head. Farr, bobbing and weaving at
a great pace, caught Louis on the neck, but the
latter countered with a two-fisted attack to
Tommy landed with a left, but missed with
his following right, whereas Louis bored in and
plastered the Welshman with heavy two-handed
punches and drove him to the ropes.
Farr advanced again, however, and scored
with his left much to the delight of the crowd,
but he missed badly with a terrific right-hander.
Result.- LOUIS beat FARR on points.
__ First Round
Farr opened the proceedings with a
__ Second Round
Farr tried to open with his left,
__ Third Round
It was Farr, who again started the
__ Fourth Round
Louis began by scoring with a left
__ Fifth Round
Louis pecked at Farr's face with a
__ Sixth Round
Farr's two eyes were bleeding
__ Seventh Round
Tommy came out of his corner
__ Eighth Round
Louis, sensing that he was gaining
__ Ninth Round
Farr came up comparatively fresh
__ Tenth Round
The crowd cheered vociferously for
__ Eleventh Round
Farr scored smartly with a left
__ Twelfth Round
The crowd was again shouting for
__ Thirteenth Round
The boxers exchanged lefts, and
__ Fourteenth Round
Louis started operations with a
left, which he
__ Fifteenth Round
Farr came out first and met his man
LOUIS FARR Age 23 23
6 feet 1 3/4 inches
12 1/2 inches
14st. 8 1/2lb.
6 feet 1 inch
15 1/2 inches
15 1/2 inches
Excitement was at fever pitch
the ringside when the final round
was begun, the crowd shouting
"Stay with him, Tommy!" Women
in the ringside seats became
Excitement was at fever pitch
Louis was presented with a gold
belt, emblematic of the world's
heavyweight championship, which
was the gift of the National Sport-
ing Club, from London. The first
man to win the belt three times
makes it his own property.
Louis was presented with a gold
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