I have been curious about Joe Louis career after reading all of the praise he has received on this forum. He is consistently ranked among the best or #2 heavyweights of all-time. I am too young to have watched him and don't know much about his career. What made Joe Louis great? I read that while he had great power, he was slow of foot and was just 200 lbs. That doesn't seem like a great combo. According to the observers of his time, Joe Louis was facing a bum of the month club opposition of has beens and never will bes. What are Joe Louis great attributes? What great fighters did Joe Louis beat? He lost to the 3 best fighters he ever faced: Max Schmelling (won the rematch), Rocky Marciano, and Ezzard Charles. OTOH, Joe Louis was the champion for 11 years which is a Boxing Record for any division. He beat the Legendary Jersey Joe Walcott twice. He beat the German champ Max Schmelling in a 1 round KO. A lot of great sportswriters seem to think highly of Louis.