Mar 17, 2014

Simon Fearless Against Bomber

The 1941 June edition of Ring Magazine featured the Abe Simon vs Joe Louis fight in March. Editor-writer Nat Fleischer was in awe of Simon's courage against the unbeatable Brown Bomber. Fleischer wrote "They (fans) saw Abe Simon give the Bomber the greatest battle he has had since he won the crown..." Although Simon Lost by TKO in the 13th, this image of Simon grinning at Louis while taking the 8 count in round 7, is one of my favorite photographs of that fight.

reprinted from December 2012

On this evening 73 years ago, March 17, 1941, Abe Simon got in the ring with Joe Louis in Detroit, for the Heavyweight Championship. Louis was in his prime, with the finesse of Muhammad Ali and the punching power of Mike Tyson. When it was revealed several days later that Simon had fought with a broken right hand, a rematch was guaranteed.

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