After his fight from Max Joe had Joined the army. The Axis powers led by Germany were at war with the allies led first by England. His quote he said, "was we can't lose because we're on God's side." Joe Luis had two title fights while he was in the army He won both of them and gave all of his earnings to the army relief funds. In 1949 Joe retired from boxing but not for long. In 1950 Joe returned to boxing at the age of thirty six he knew he was too old to be a boxer but he missed the excitement of the ring and wanted to be a champion again. He lost one of his fights against Ezzard Charles he won his next eight fights the lost again in 1951 to Rocky Marciano.
A hero retires
After Joe started losing he retired this time for good. He later died on April 12 1981 people everywhere wanted to meet Joe Luis but he died before they could meet him. He is still remembered by many Americans today as the greatest heavyweight champion ever.