LOUIS, JOE-AL MCCOY OFFICIAL PROGRAM (1940)

JO Sports Inc.

Regular price $525.00

HISTORY: On December 16, 1940 at the Boston Garden world heavyweight champion Joe Louis, making his 12th title defense, met Al McCoy in the featured match. Louis stopped McCoy in the 5th round. There was a crowd of 13,334. The gross gate was $46,980, and the net was $44,845. Louis's purse was $19,059.12, and McCoy's was $5,605.62. Louis was a 2-1 betting favorite to score a knockout. The Associated Press reported:-McCoy was game and did all he could, but he just was shy on "zing" in his fists. He reddened Joe's nose with straight left hands several times, and in the fourth and fifth pitched desperate right hand shots that whistled around Louis' ears. A couple landed, and one—in the fifth—nailed Joe so hard on the chin that he blinked like a fellow just waking up from a nap. Otherwise, Louis was the whole show. He stalked the backing, circling McCoy throughout and banged away. He drove three club-like rights to the ribs in the first that put McCoy down on one knee, but Al was up without a count. In the third, he drew blood from Al's nose and started working on the left eye. He raised a small "mouse" under the eye in that round, puffed it some more with right hands in the fourth, and had it closed in the fifth so tightly it resembled the penny slot in a chewing gum machine. Al was tired and bruised as he returned to his corner at the end of the fifth. He sat down on his chair as his handlers tried to work him into shape to continue. It was no go, however, and he patted his eye and rubbed his "tummy" as his seconds informed Referee Johnny Martin that McCoy was all through. Offered here is an exceptionally rare, original, official program for this event.

FULL DESCRIPTION: This is an original, 4 page, official program picturing Louis on the cover. Back cover is glued to board. Not scored. Has a center crease. No tears. 6" x 9." One of the rarest of Louis championship programs.

Size: 6" x 9"

Condition: Good