Joe Louis was given to much credit for the Baer win ( Baer) had a broken right hand. He lost to Ezzard Charles and most thought Walcott beat him as well. It was in the rematches were Joe Louis shined. He was put down by Braddock, and Galento, he was losing to Conn a (Light Heavy) and case can be made that Godoy beat him as well. He was beaten by Schmeling and crushed by Marciano. He was a fantastic fighter, but in the end almost every legitimate Heavyweight great I would favor over him, at least in the first match. He has a good record ( bum of the month) and longevity. But when he fought other greats, they often outshone him. I give him the Homes and Wlad fights because of his accuracy and power. But I am being generous with Wlad. If I had to put money on it I would not bet on Louis in that one either, unless it was the rematch.