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Joe Louis retired unbeaten as the world heavyweight boxing champion on March 1, 1949, after an 11-year reign.
Joe Louis, often known as The Brown Bomber, was a professional boxer who held the title of World Heavyweight Champion from 1937 until 1949. He is widely regarded as one of the all-time great heavyweights.
Louis was a world champion for 11 years and 10 months and made 25 defenses of his heavyweight championship. Both are heavyweight division records, with the former holding the record in any category.
Louis has the distinction of knocking out 23 competitors in 27 championship matches, including five world champions.
In addition to his achievements in the ring, Louis is credited with two of boxing’s most famous quotes: “He can run, but he can’t hide” and “Everyone has a plan until they’ve been hit.”
BoxRec has rated him as the greatest heavyweight in the world 11 times (second only to Muhammad Ali in history) and has put him in the top ten 15 times.