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Joe Louis Stops Buddy Baer This Day January 9, 1942

Joe Louis Stops Buddy Baer This Day January 9, 1942

Louis retains the heavyweight crown.

Joe donates his entire purse to Navy Relief Fund



  • Joe Louis 206½ lbs
  • Buddy Baer 250 lbs
  • KO at 2:56 in round 1 of 15
  • Location: Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
  • Referee: Frank Fullam
  • Promoter: Mike Jacobs
  • World Heavyweight Championship (20th defense by Louis)



Louis was a 6-1 betting favorite.

This bout was a benefit for the Navy Relief Fund, which received a total of $89,092.01. Louis donated his entire net cut of $47,100.94, promoter Mike Jacobs contributed his entire net profit of $37,229.96, and Baer gave one-sixth of his purse, $4,081.11.

The gross gate was 189,700.

There was a crowd of 16,689.

In the dressing room before the fight, Louis’ trainer, Jack Blackburn, who was suffering from arthritis and a weak heart, told Louis that he didn’t think he was strong enough to make it up and down the steps to the ring for fifteen rounds. Louis replied, “If you get up those stairs with me, I’ll have Baer out before you can relax.”

The 250-pound Baer was knocked down three times and counted out at 2:56 of the first round.

Jack Guenther of the United Press wrote: “Buddy Baer came in at 250 and went out at 2:56.”

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