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Joe Louis Beats Jersey Joe Walcott This Day December 5, 1947
- Joe Louis 211½ lbs
- Jersey Joe Walcott 194½ lbs
- SD in round 15 of 15
- Location: Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
- Referee: Ruby Goldstein 6-7
- Judge: Frank Forbes 8-6
- Judge: Marty Monroe 9-6
- World Heavyweight Championship (24th defense by Louis)
Louis was a 10 to 1 betting favorite.
A crowd of 18,194 produced a gate of $216,477.
Louis was down in rounds one and four.
Louis was so disgusted by his performance that he attempted to leave the ring as soon as the fight ended, but he was restrained by his handlers.
A ringside poll of 32 boxing writers had 21 scoring the bout for Walcott, ten scoring it for Louis and one calling it a draw.