Joe Louis - born Joseph Louis Barrow , better known as "The Brown Bomber". He was an American professional boxer and the World Heavyweight Champion from 1937 to 1949. He is considered to be one of the greatest heavyweights of all time. He defended his title successfully 25 times. He died on April 12, 1981 from a heart attack at the age of 66
Born on May 13, 1914 in Lafayette, Alabama, Joe Lewis went on to become the heavyweight champion of the world. Known as the Brown Bomber, Louis held the belt for nearly 12 years, a boxing record, and posted 25 successful title defenses.