Boxing buffs score a magnificent piece, with this replica 1937 Joe Louis The Ring Magazine Championship Belt. Spanning a bit more than 36" inches, this impressive belt is adorned with an array of brass title plates and photos. At center is a 6x8 die-cut medallion, topped with a heraldic eagle and crossed flags. The glimmering brass plate is engraved with "Ring Championship Belt Won by Joe Louis". Flanking the centerpiece, are photos of Louis, and the man he beat to claim the heavyweight crown, James J. Braddock. Finishing off the chain of decorative devices, are two framed brass plates, which tell the story. The plate at left reads "For the Heavyweight Championship of the World, Comiskey Park, Chicago, ILL. U.S.A."; and the plate at right reads "Joe Louis Defeated James J. Braddock via 8th Round K.O. June 22, 1937". The dated plate at right shows moderate wear, including spots of tarnish, otherwise this regal piece is very handsome, with a commanding presence.
This high-quality belt was produced by the manufacturer employed exclusively by The Ring Magazine. Many similar belts of lesser quality were issued by other entities and are readily available, but none equal these The Ring belts in craftsmanship and presentation. It is also worth noting, that The Ring official commemorative championship belts, such as the one offered here, are much more difficult to find than lesser types.