LOUIS, JOE SERVING TRAY AWARD (CIRCA 1946-MANNIE SEAMON COLLECTION)

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Joseph Louis Barrow (May 13, 1914 – April 12, 1981), known professionally as Joe Louis, was an American professional boxer who competed from 1934 to 1951. He reigned as the world heavyweight champion from 1937 to 1949, and is considered to be one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time. Nicknamed the Brown Bomber, Louis' championship reign lasted 140 consecutive months, during which he participated in 26 championship fights. The 27th fight, against Ezzard Charles in 1950, was a challenge for Charles' heavyweight title and so is not included in Louis' reign. He was victorious in 25 consecutive title defenses. In his career Joe Louis fought and defeated many of the greats of the era including: Jack Sharkey, Primo Carnera, Max Baer, Jimmy Braddock, Max Schmeling, Billy Conn and Jersey Joe Walcott. In 2005, Louis was ranked as the best heavyweight of all time by the International Boxing Research Organization, and was ranked number one on The Ring magazine's list of the "100 greatest punchers of all time". Louis had the longest single reign as champion of any heavyweight boxer in history. Louis' cultural impact was felt well outside the ring. He is widely regarded as the first person of African-American descent to achieve the status of a nationwide hero within the United States, and was also a focal point of anti-Nazi sentiment leading up to and during World War II. He was instrumental in integrating the game of golf, breaking the sport's color barrier in America by appearing under a sponsor's exemption in a PGA event in 1952. Offered here is an original commemorative serving tray award originally given to Joe Louis which he in turn gave to his trainer Mannie Seamon. Circa late 1946 when as heavyweight champion Joe Louis fought an exhibition bout in Mexico.
This is a pewter serving tray award with a raised likeness of Joe Louis. Inside are the words, "El Campeon" Joe Louis Mexico. Minor tarnishing and pitting. 13" x 20." Came from the Mannie Seamon collection which was originally sold at Guernseys on April 29, 1990 This tray award is pictured in the catalogue on page 139.

Size: 13 x 20

Condition: very good