26 November 1940
Popular Al McCoy, Listed As Louis' Next Victim,
May Prove Surprise In Clash With HeavyChampion
Boston, Nov 25 –
Al McCoy is listed as Joe Louis’s next victim at the Boston Garden December 16, and undoubtably will be, but the But the Dorchester-Maine boy is no Paycheck.Louis will have to whip McCoy. The challenger's knees won't clatter in his corner.
McCoy, a native of Winslow Me., has performed in every division – from flyweight to heavyweight. Carpentier perhaps is the only other fighter who did that.
McCoy started young— at 26 years of age, he is a veteran of 11 years of warfare and 150 glove duels. He is the roly-poly type – always has been that way. even as little fellow. His best weight now is 185 pounds. He has a rather unorthodox style, but boxes very well. He is cool and courageous – can take it and dish it out. He has never lost on a foul, is popular in Boston and is credited with having kept The game alive there throughout two different periods.
McCoy’s real name is Florin Alfred LeBrasseur. His father is a French-Canadian, his mother Irish. His ring moniker is derived from his middle and his mother's maiden name. His wife is the sister of Verne Olsen, bright pitching prospect of the Chicago Cubs, andHeinie Olsen, the wrestler.
McCoy is managed by Bill Brennan, a Lynn, Mass., printer, with whom he started and with whom he will finish. Tell-tale ears are all that mark him as a fighter. In all his engagements—against the most formidable welter, middleweigh and light-heavyweights, McCoy lost no more than 15 decisions and.was knocked out only once—by six-foot, 5 Ż -inch Andre Lenglet in the second stanza in Montreal three years ago. He got even with the huge Frenchman in Boston two weeks later, dealing him the beating of his life.
McCoy is one of the very few to hold decision over Tommy Loughran. He faced the Philadelphia master twice within a month in 1935 obtaining a draw the first trip. One of the most industrious workmen, McCoy muffed a grand opportunity at Madison Square Garden late in 1935, when he unwisely whittled down to fight a middleweight only to discover that he was meeting a light-heavyweight in capable Jock McAvoy. At that he came up from an early knockdown to have the Englishman hanging on in the final heats.
During the past year, McCoy has knocked out Nathan Mann and repulsed Buddy Knox and Melio Bettina. He lost disputed decisions to Solly Krieger and Billy Conn. The result of the Krieger scrap is no recommendation, for the Brooklyn war-horse was shopworn but McCoy obtained the shot at Louis on the strength of his showing against Conn. Not a few who were there contend that had the light-heavyweight leader been penalized a couple of rounds for low blows, as he easily might have been in New York, McCoy would have been entitled to the verdict
McCoy is determined to surprise everyone in the Louis fight. This he can do by stirring up the slightest trouble for the heavyweight champion. Boxing men say McCoy really should have held some title a some time or other, but breaks simply didn't come his way. It's a bit late for Al McCoy to expect one now — in a match with Joe Louis
17 December 1940
It Was A Lousy Fight," Says Joe After Encounter
McCoy Protests Halting Of Bout; Brown Bomber Rusty
In First Of Long Series Of Monthly Title Defenses
BOSTON, Dec. 17— Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis appeared convinced that idleness breeds nothing but rustiness as he prepared today to undertake the long series of monthly title defenses mapped out for him for the remainder of the indoor boxing season.
The Brown Bomber, just back from the fourth lengthy vacation he has given himself since he gained his title from Jimmy Braddock in 1937, renewed his fistic operations against the much smaller Al McCoy, of Boston, last night before a 13,334 crowd at the Boston Garden.
It took the ironfisted champion, weighing 202 ╝ five rounds to damage McCoy, who weighed 180 ż , to the point where the challenger's handlers decided he had taken enough punishment.
Stopped In Sixth
McCoy balked at first, for his only noticeable injury was a closed left eye, but finally was prevailed upon to ignore the bell that sounded for the sixth round. McCoy's shifty style prevented the stalking Louis from doing much damage with his deadly right. Twice during the abbreviated engagement, originally listed for 15 rounds, the champion did land his famed right fist in bone-crushing fashion. Both of these blows were decidedly effective. The first one, in the opening round, gave McCoy, a severe shaking up and the other, unleashed in the fifth, put the challenger's left optic out of commission for the time courageous McCoy, who hasn't been counted out once during his long career, bobbed, weaved and side-stepped with much skill to escape Louis' devastating punishment and landed a few rights on his own account.
"It was a lousy fight," Louis said. "I must have looked just as bad out there tonight as I did on my first visit to Boston back in 1933." At that time, Louis was an obscure amateur battling put of Detroit and suffered the humiliating experience of getting knocked down seven times by Max Marek of Chicago in a national junior boxing tournament semi-final match.
"That McCoy gave me plenty of trouble with his bobbing and weaving," Louis continued, "he moved around so much that I had trouble landing my right. Then I had to try to left jab him and I know I missed plenty of those blows, as anyone would after a long absence. McCoy may not be able to punch, but he sure can make you look bad."
Outside of his injured eye, McCoy escaped without a scratch and he boasted that he could have traveled the full distance without any great effort. "If I hadn't been half-blinded," McCoy said, " I could have lasted through all 15 rounds." Gross gate receipts were $46,980 far below the expectation of Promoter Rip Valenti, who had high hopes of a $65,000 sellout.
After the bout Mike Jacobs, the New York promoter, announced that Billy Conn, the light heavyweight champion, would surrender that title immediately and start preparing himself for an outdoor engagement with Louis in New York next summer.