If you are not a boxing fan, there is a good chance you have never heard of Max Schmeling. Max was born in Germany on September 28, 1905. As a teenager, his father took him to see a championship match between American Champion Jack Dempsey and challenger Georges Carpentier. Young Schmeling was very impressed that evening by the fighting skills of Jack Dempsey and later idolized him. From that moment on, Max knew that boxing was to become his livelihood, and boy was he right. He fought a number of fights in Germany and was winning the majority of them. Schmeling was climbing up in the ranks, defeating worthy opponents. His popularity was also soaring. His fighting success against heavyweights in Germany eventually earned him a match with the young and popular American Champion, Joe Louis. Max Schmeling was now 33 years old while Joe Louis, nicknamed the ‘Brown Bomber’ was only 23 and a very confident fighter. The match was set for Yankee Stadium on June 19, 1936 in front of a huge crowd, mainly Louis followers. Apparently, Joe Louis had not taken Max Schmeling serious enough. That would prove costly. Louis was knocked out in the 4th round, but recovered. In the 12th and final round, Schmeling once again put Louis on the canvas for good and upset the American Champion.The rematch was set for June 22, 1938 at Yankee Stadium. Schmeling did not even make it through round one. Joe Louis got his revenge. View full article »