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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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Former heavyweight champ Joe Louis talks with newsmen in his dressing room after he was knocked out by Rocky Marciano, unbeaten heavyweight from Brockton, Mass., in eighth round of their scheduled 10-rounder in New York's Madison Square Garden Oct .26, 1951. Joe had just suffered the third loss in his 71-bout career. An old man of the ring at 37 1/2 years, Louis was stretched out on his back on the apron of the ring in a sad finish to his 17-year boxing career. He said he'd make a decision in the next few days about his fighting future. (AP Photo)

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Joe Louis was stymied two ways from playing golf on May 6, 1948 at his training camp at Bear Lake, Mich. His trainers won't let him play until after his title fight with Jersey Joe Wolcott in June. And even if they would, it was raining all day. So the heavyweight champ contents himself with reading pointers on the game of golf in the hopes of improving his links technique when he's able to resume the sport. (AP Photo/ Paul Cannon)

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Heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis is shown as he begins training for the 24th defense of the heavyweight boxing title on Nov. 5, 1947. (AP Photo)

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World heavyweight champion Joe Louis and challenger Jersey Joe Walcott compare like this for their Dec. 4 championship fight at Madison Square Garden in New York. Only weight figures are approximated, and these will be determined at the official weigh-in several hours before the bout. (AP Photo)

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Corporal Joe Louis, world's heavyweight boxing champion, and his sparmate George Nicholson, left, during the four-round training exhibition bout June 14,1942 they put on at the Polo Grounds in New York. The two fighters did their bit in the all-sports carnival which benefited the Army Emergency Fund and the Navy Relief Society. (AP Photo/Matty Zimmerman

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Private Billy Conn talked over old times as he visited Private Joe Louis at Fort Dix, New Jersey on March 22, 1942 as the world heavyweight champ spent some time training for his coming fight on March 27 with Abe Simon in New York for the Army Emergency Relief Fund. Conn knows something about how Simon may feel because he once fought Joe himself. (AP Photo)

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Heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis is shown in army uniform at Camp Upton, Long Island, N.Y., Jan. 16, 1942. Louis is going through preliminary training given to new recruits in the U.S. Army. (AP Photo)

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American boxer Buddy Baer, left, uses his glove to block a left-handed blow by champion Joe Louis just before the title-holder knocked out the challenger in the first round of their title fight at Madison Square Garden in New York on Jan. 9, 1942. The time token in disposing of the challenger was two minutes 56 seconds. (AP Photo)

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Champion Joe Louis transforms his usual dead-pan expression into a broad grin in his dressinjg room after his championship fight with Lou Nova at the Polo Grounds in New York, Sept.29, 1941. Louis won fight with Nova with a knock out in the sixth round. (AP Photo)

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American Heavyweight Boxing champion Joe Louis, gives the salute in a borrowed uniform at Fort Custer, Michigan on Oct. 27, 1941, where he put on an exhibition for the troops. He has been found physically fit for the army and expects to be called up soon. (AP Photo)

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Referee Eddie Joseph, center, wrapps his arms around Billy Conn, left, during the World Heavyweight Championship bout with Joe Louis, in New York, June 18, 1941. (AP Photo) (AP Photo)