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THURSDAY, JUNE 23, 1938
JOE LOUIS vs MAX SCHMELING
LOUIS the Sphinx - More
of a Ring Mechanic
Than a Demon Fighter
_ JOE LOUIS 24 years old, an inch over six
feet, is no showman. he is talk shy,
says Ben Bennison, and has to be prodded
into speech. He was born in a cabin in the
Alabama Mountains, where his parents
worked in the cotton fields in his few
_ If he had not achieved the world cham-
pionship as a boxer he might have been a
baseball player of some distinction.
Indeed, his ambition always has been to
own his own baseball team. They can do
that in America.
_ He is magnificently built on greyhound
lines. He has balance which is essential
for men who aim at the top in any sort of
sport- physical and mental balance. He is
a dreamer, out of the ring, a Sphinx; his
mother wanted hiom to play the violin for
a living: he perfered to fight: but it was
not until 1933 that he became a paid pugi-
list. Since then his chief critics have been
his own people. They say he is too
superior, holds his head high and disdain-
fully and does not mix.
_ For Two Reasons
_ Perhaps they are right. I found him
during my visits to his camp at Pompton
Lakes, a dull, silent, unemotional man, per-
plexed to know how he had got to the top
of his world. Perhaps my analysis did him
_ My newspaper friend, Bill Coram, attri-
buted the sensation al rise of Louis to fame
to two reasons. One that he is Joe Louis,
two because of the attitude of the American
public towards him. Says Coram:
_ "Louis is to be commended because he has
asked to be taken holly on his merits as a
fighter. He has not gone into vaudeville,
pictures or radio, has made few appearances
at banquets and other public functions, has
not blossomed forth as a writer, has been
in no trouble or the central figure in an un-
fortunate incident. in the ring he has been
guilty of no low punches, back hands,
thumbs in eyes, wrestling, heeling, holding,
or hitting after the bell.
_ "There are those," Coram will have it,
"who think that Louis's Sphinx attitude is
a pose. If that is so he was born posing.
Nobody seems to remember him any other
way. If it is a pose, it is one he never drops.
it is my idea that it would take a smarter
fellow that Joe Louis to maintain a pose
day in and day out."
_ He is Rich
_ Louis confided in me in a chat we had that
he craved for no riches. He is rich despite
himself. It is estimated that he is worth
more than £100,000.
_ Louis began boxing as an amateur, and
did so well against heavier and older men
in tournaments organized by a local news-
paper that he became a professional as a
matter of coarse.
_ He was fortunate to be taken over by
John W. Roxborough, a coloured University
student who, from the outset of his career
has acted as his manager. He joined the
paid ranks after having scored forty-three
knockouts and only losing four of fifty-four
_ A Clean Sweep
_As an amateur Louis was runner-up in
the National A.A.U. light-heavyweight
championships at Boston and in the
following year won the amateur cruiser
title at St. Louis. A few months later he
was launched as a professional, and made
a clean sweep of each of several opponents
found him, including such seasoned
fighters as Stanley Poreda, Charlie Massera
and Lee Ramage, and when in January,
1935, he outpointed Patsy Perroni he may
be said to have definitely struck the high-
way to fame and fortune.
_ He toppled over Roy Lazer in three
rounds and on he went to triumphantly until
June of that year when, answering a call
from New York, he took the ring against
Primo Carnera, whom he knocked out in
the sixth round and left him more dead
_ King Levinsky was as child's play to him.
In less than a round he stretched him out
on the floor to cause him to wonder whether
the roof had fallen upon him. then came
what was voted to be the deciding test of
him. He was put up against Max Baer, who
had lost his title to James J. Braddock.
_ It is familiar history that Louis crashed
the former world's champion into helpless-
ness in the fourth round. He then pro-
ceeded to knock out Paolini, the tough-as-
teak Basque and gave the shortest shrift to
several lesser known fighters. 'Gene Tun-
ney, Jack Dempsey and American critics
without exceptions hailed him as a greater
coloured fighter than was Jack Johnson.
_ The Odds Were Upset
_ And when two years ago he was matched
against Max Schmeling tremendous odds
were laid on his chances. The German,
fighting the greatest fight of his career,
knocked Louis out in the twelfth round.
Schmeling, however, was denied a right
he so well won to meet Braddock for
the title, and Louis, after having accounted
for Stanley Ketchell, a nobody, Bob Pastor
and Natie Brown, was matched for the
championship. He knocked out Braddock
in the eighth round, and last August
retained the title by outpointing Tommy
Farr. Since when he has defeated Nathan
Mann and Harry Thomas.
_ The impression I formed of Louis as he
was in his fight with Farr was that he was
more of a mechanic than a demon fighter
as represented by his record. He is built
on powerful lines, has more than average
speed, and when free to attack makes it
difficult to fault him. His left hand is his
most formidable weapon. He employs it
straight so as to make room for his right
which loosened to the full, is a winner
from the moment of impact.
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