Joe Louis

Considered by many as one of the best heavyweights of all time, Joe Louis was able to become the world heavyweight champion from 1937 to 1949. Joe Louis helped popularize the sport right after Jack Dempsey. He made a reputation as a clean and honest boxer, who at that time was a breath of fresh air when the sport was ruled by gambling interests.

Joe Louis is a cultural icon considered as the very first African American to win the hearts of America. He is also known for his Anti-Nazi sentiments especially during the Second World War.

Unfortunately, Joe Louis had to deal with tax woes forcing him to make a post retirement comeback. With a $500,000 debt, he had no other choice but to fight in the ring once again. In one of his post-retirement matches, he took a beating against Rocky Marciano.

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