Joe Brown (May 18, 1925-Dec. 4, 1997), a member of the Allstate Sugar Bowl's Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame, was an outstanding New Orleans-based boxer for many years. He won the undisputed lightweight championship of the world in 1956 at the age of 30 and made 11 successful defenses of his title. In 1961, he was named The Ring's "Fighter of the Year." After his retirement in 1970, he went on to become a trainer of New Orleans fighters. A native of Baton Rouge, Brown was inducted into the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame in 1977 and finally earned inclusion in the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1996.
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