Bob Pastor Jewish Challenger To Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
by Robert Grey Reynolds, Jr
Bob Pastor was a solid fighter who has been rated the second best Jewish heavyweight behind Max Baer. Pastor left NYU to pursue a boxing career. At 25, when he fought Joe Louis for a second time, the fight also pitted Pastor's trainer, Jimmy Johnson, and Louis' promoter Mike Jacobs, as adversaries. A former Madison Square Garden booster, Johnson hoped to diminish Louis' growing marketability.