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Rocky Marciano Stops Brown Bomber Joe Louis October 26, 1951 – Louis’ Last Fight

 

Rocky Marciano Stops Brown Bomber Joe Louis October 26, 1951 – Louis’ Last Fight

 

  • Joe Louis 213¾ lbs
  • Rocky Marciano 184 lbs
  • TKO in round 8 of 10
  • Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
  • Referee: Ruby Goldstein 2-4
  • Judge: Joe Agnello 2-5
  • Judge: Harold Barnes 3-4

 

Notes:

A crowd of 17,241 produced a gross gate of $152,845. Another $185,000 came from the sale of radio and TV rights.

Louis received a purse of $132,000, and Marciano got $44,000.

Louis was a 6 to 5 betting favorite.

Louis was knocked down by a left hook in the eighth round. He got to one knee at the count of three and took an eight-count before getting up. Marciano moved in for the kill and ended the fight with a right that sent Louis through the ropes and onto the ring apron.

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