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    Former heavyweight champion Joe Louis, left, playfully jabs a finger under the eye of present champ Muhammad Ali, at the Boxing Writers Association's 50th Anniversary dinner in New York, May 19, 1975. Ali was named Fighter of the Year and Louis was honored as boxing's Man of the Half Century. (AP Photo)


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    Fighter Joe Louis, nicknamed the Brown Bomber, poses in his boxing apparel in Pompton Lakes, N.J. on Jan. 24, 1937. Louis achieved the world heavyweight title in June 1937 and held it until May 1949. (AP Photo)


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    The Rev. Jesse Jackson stands with Martha Malone Louis, center, the widow of boxer Joe Louis, and Eulaine Bobo of Detroit, Louis sister, at the unveiling ceremony for a Joe Louis memorial tombstone on Friday, Sept. 11, 1981 in Arlington cemetery near Washington. Louis, who was known as ?The Brown Bomber,? died on April 12, 1981. (AP Photo/Scott Applewhite)


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    Former heavyweight champion Joe Louis, left, playfully jabs a finger under the eye of present champ Muhammad Ali, at the Boxing Writers Association's 50th Anniversary dinner in New York, May 19, 1975. Ali was named Fighter of the Year and Louis was honored as boxing's Man of the Half Century. (AP Photo)


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    US American boxer Muhammad Ali (former Cassius Clay) playfully places a punch at Joe Louis's belly in a hotel in Frankfurt am Main, West Germany, September 3, 1966. (AP Photo)


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    Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, left, and Cuban President Osvaldo Dorticos, right, smile with American Joe Louis between them, in the "sky room" of the Havana Hilton where New Years festivities were underway, Dec. 31, 1959. (AP Photo)


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    Former heavyweight King Joe Louis, 45, poses with his third wife as they revealed their six day old marriage at her home at Los Angeles on March 18, 1959. She is the former Mrs. Martha Jefferson, 46, a Los Angeles Criminal Attorney. They married secretly at Winterhaven, Calif. (AP Photo)


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    This is how former heavyweight champ Joe Louis went down for the first time in his bout with Rocky Marciano in New York's Madison Square Garden Oct.26, 1951. Marciano, from Brockton. Mass. has just landed a hard left hook on the eighth round and stares at the Brown Bomber (top). Louis dazed, but still retaining some of the ring savvy that carried him through more than a decade of world title defense, bounces (bottom) against the rope and starts to rollover preparatory to taking an eight count on the knee. (AP Photo)


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    Sprawled outside the ropes with one leg twisted across them, Joe Louis, former heavyweight king, lies on his back in Madison Square Garden Oct. 26, 1951, as his younger, lighter and undefeated opponent, Rocky Marciano, walks to his corner. Referee Ruby Goldstein waves his arms to signal the end of the fight in the eighth round. There was no count and the record books will call it 2:26 of the eighth. Boxing fans will call it the end of a great fighter's career. (AP Photo)


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