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Main Street Gym

December 1, 2007 |  9:39 pm

I looked through hundreds of Joe Louis' pictures today before I finally found two from the Main Street Gym. Of course, since these are from 1939, this is the old Main Street Gym.

 

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Photograph by Maurice Terrell / Los Angeles Times
Here's Louis on March 28, 1939, with a local fighter named Ernest "Dynamite" Jackson, a Pacific Coast heavyweight champion who later became the first African American to get a referee's license.

 

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Photograph by the Los Angeles Times
This is Louis sparring with Paul Williams at the Main Street Gym in a photo published April 16, 1939, shortly before Louis' bout with Jack Roper on April 17, 1939, at Wrigley Field. Roper lasted 2 minutes, 20 seconds with Louis.

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