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THE TIMES PICAYUNE
SATURDAY, JUNE 16, 1951
JOE LOUIS vs LEE SAVOLD
Joe Louis Stops Lee Savold in
Sixth Round of 'Battle of the Aged'
New York, June 15 (AP) The old
Joe Louis dynamite exploded on
ring-rusty Lee Savold in 2:29 of
the sixth round Friday night for
a sensational knockout win over
the blood-smeared veteran recog-
nized as world champion in Briton.
Looking his best since he start-
ed up the long comeback trail to-
ward a promised September date
with champion Ezzard Charles,
the 37-year-old Bomber received
a terrific ovation as he strode
from the ring.
A power-laden left hook out of
a flurry of punches dumped 35-
year-old Savold on the deck for
the only knockdown of the scrap.
Lee struggled to get up and was
just about to make it when re-
feree Ruby Goldstein enfolded his
bloody hulk in his arms.
Spouting red like a fountain
from a battered nose that prob-
ably was broken, Savold was cut
down methodically by Louis who
made good his prefight prediction
to the exact round.
"I think I'll knock him out in
the sixth," he said at Pompton
Lakes 10 days ago.
He hit it right on the nose -
Savold's nose that is.
The old Louis left jab, always
a ramrod that sent opponents'
face bobbing like apples at a hal-
loween party, was at its best. Sel-
dom did he miss his mark, time
after time he followed it with a
crunching short right uppercut as
part of a three punch combination
that wound up with another hook.
Only in the fifth when a long
right hand lead nailed Louis on
the jaw, did Savold damage the
Bomber, Joe wavered as if it hurt
but he shook it off and another
right that followed.
Trim and sharp at 211 1/4 to Sa-
vold's 190, Louis lived up to the
19 to 5 odds favoring him by win-
ning all the way. The AP card gave
Savold only one round, the fifth.
This "battle of the aged" as it
had been called by men as a gag
turned out to be quite a show of
Louis' determination to cap his
comeback with another Charles
Joe is obsessed by a desire to
become the first heavyweight
champion ever to win back the
title he held so many long years.
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