25 February 2009

Boxing Day

On this day in 1948, Joe Louis arrived in England to appear in the Health and Holiday Exhibition at Earl's Court in London. Before departing, he took side trips to Paris and Brussels, making a considerable dent in the $40,000 he was paid for his appearance (half the agreed upon fee, the exhibition sponsors having gone bankrupt. A Swedish promotor stepped in and offered the Brown Bomber a chance to tour Scandinavia -- but was turned down when he proposed paying Louis in ice skates).

Canberra Times

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