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"There,s no such thing as a natural boxer. A natural dancer has to practice hard. A natural painter has to paint all the time. Even a natural fool has to work at it."
"Once that bell rings you're on your own. It's just you and the other guy."
"You need a lot of different types of people to make the world better."
Joe Louis was born in 1914 in Lafayette, Alabama. He faced financial struggles in his childhood. His father was committed to an asylum when he was just 2. He had very little education which led to a stammer. He learned how to make cabinets but had to take on a lot of strange jobs. He passed away in 1981.
During his time in the pros, Joe Louis beat James J. Braddock for the heavyweight title on June 22 , 1937. He held on to this title for 25 fights or 11 years and 8 months setting a record. He retired in 1949, then came out of retirement for a couple more fights until 1951 due to financial problems. He retired with a record of 68 and 3.
The importance Joe Louis had on African american history is that he showed that anything is possible. He faced poverty, his father left him and he had to work at a young age. Now he's one of the greatest boxers in history.
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