“It is inevitable that some defeat will enter even the most victorious life. The human spirit is never finished when it is defeated…it is finished when it surrenders.” said Ben Stein (thinkexist.com). Some professional boxers never surrender regardless of how much punish they take. There are brave boxers that get hit by 1,000 of punches in a boxing match. Their toughness, pride and courage does not allow them to quit. Likewise, Joe Grim was a fearless boxer. Joe Grim was the human punching bag.
It is July 24th, 1905 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Joe Grim is ready to fight future heavyweight champion of the world Jack Johnson. Jack Johnson weighed 210 pounds compared to Joe Grimm at only 165 pounds. Joe Grim was a courageous boxer. Jack Johnson was up for the challenge of trying to be the first man to knock out Joe Grim.
Jack Johnson dominated the first three rounds of the fight. Joe Grim was getting knocked down two or three times in each of the first three rounds. He would continually jump up before the referee could count to ten. Jack Johnson was amazed at his ability to keep getting up. “He ain’t’ human” said Jack Johnson(www.eastsideboxing.com/joegrimm).
Joe Grim was knocked down six times in the fifth round. Three times for a count of eight and three times for a count of nine. He waited for the referee to almost count him out before rising amid the cheers of the crowd.
The sixth and final round Jack Johnson punched him as hard he could. Joe Grim caught a punch to the chin and it caused him to turn a complete somersault. On eight the bell rang, ending the fight saving Joe Grim the first time he would be knocked out in his career. He was knocked down 20 times in the boxing match. He shouted after the final bell. “I’m Joe Grimm”! Nobody knocks out Joe Grim!”(www.eastsideboxing.com/joegrimm).
Joe Grim was a brave man that took an insane amount of punishment. He made Carl Froch and Arturo Gatti look like great defensive fighters. He was immune to all, but the hardest blows, he seldom bothered to block punches or to roll with them. His fearless style was to tear in and keep swinging, hit or miss. But, he prided himself on the fact that he was rarely ever knocked out. He always ended his fights by walking to the ropes and shouting to the crowd “I am Joe Grim”! Nobody can knock me out! He had nicknames that fitted his boxing style such as the human punching bag, the indestructible man of pugilism, the iron man, and the indian rubber man.
Joe Grim rarely won a fight. He had participated in about 500 bouts (126.96.36.199/vault/article/magazine). A little more than half have been recorded. He fought in the early 1900s. He was far from an elite boxer. Yet, he fought many world championship boxers such as Joe Gans, Philadelphia Jack O’Brien, Joe Walcott and Bob Fitzsimmons.
Joe Grim was examined by a doctor that considered his skull of extraordinary thickness perhaps
twice that of the average man. It was a lot harder for him to get concussions. However, his faced showed the effects of the punches. Joe Grim’s nose was only a lump of tissue. He had cauliflowers ears. His face was permanently disfigured. Equally important, Joe Grim was finally knocked out later in his career by Joe Borrell.
Joe Grim took a remarkable amount of punishment. He was a fearless boxer. He refused to take the easy way out of fights. He had the guts and determination to keep getting up when he was knocked down. He never saw his fights as true defeats because he never surrendered. He accomplished his goal of not getting knocked out in most of his fights. Boxing fans loved Joe Grim because he was a brave underdog with a lot of heart.
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