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12-19-2009, 02:07 AM
Name: Max Schmeling

Born: Sept. 28, 1905
Died: Feb. 2, 2005
Bouts: 70
Won: 56
Lost: 10
Drew: 4
KOs: 39
IBHOF Induction: 1992

PERHAPS BEST remembered in the ring for his two fights with Joe Louis, heavyweight champion Max Schmeling remains unjustly associated with Nazi Germany and was unfairly depicted as a villain in the United States. His title and image were used as a propaganda tool by Adolf Hitler to demonstrate Aryan supremacy. But by all accounts, Schmeling conducted himself as a gentleman and sportsman.

In fact, may years later, it was revealed that Schmeling risked his own life by hiding Jewish children in his hotel room and helping them escape Germany.

Schmeling turned pro in Germany in 1924 and won the German light heavyweight title in 1926. He'd also win the European 175-pound title and German heavyweight crown before coming to the United States to fight. In New York, in 1929, Schmeling made his mark by defeating a pair of top heavyweights -- Johnny Risko and Paolino Uzcudun. Those victories earned him a number-two ranking and a shot at the heavyweight title.

In 1930, he met Jack Sharkey at Yankee Stadium for the vacant heavyweight title and won the crown via disqualification when Sharkey was DQ'd in the fourth round for hitting Schmeling low. It remains the only time in history that the heavyweight title was won on a foul.

Schmeling fought once in 1931, successfully defending the title against Young Stribling with a 15th-round TKO. In his next defense, he lost a controversial split-decision and the title in a rematch with Sharkey. Two months later he battered former welterweight and middleweight king Mickey Walker into submission in eight rounds. Then, in 1933, Schmeling was knocked out by Max Baer.

Schmeling's next significant bout came in 1936 when he knocked out the unbeaten 22-year-old Joe Louis. The German knocked Louis down in the fourth round and knocked him out in the 12th. When Louis won the title a rematch was scheduled for 1938.

With Hitler's power base widening in Europe, the Louis-Schmeling rematch became more than just a heavyweight title fight. It took on political ramifications as Louis was cast in the role of representing America with Schmeling being projected as the symbol of Nazi Germany. The rematch didn't last long, as Louis scored a devastating first-round knockout.

Schmeling served as a German paratrooper during World War II and resumed his career when the war ended. He fought until 1948 before retiring.

Source: http://www.ibhof.com/pages/about/inductees/modern/schmeling.html


Resume Evaluation:

Notable Wins:
Gipsy Daniels *Light Heavyweight
Joe Sekyra
Johnny Risko
Paulino Uzcudun (x2)
Jack Sharkey
Young Stribling *Light Heavyweight
Mickey Walker *Middleweight, but proven at Heavyweight
Walter Neusel
Steve Hamas
Joe Louis
Ben Foord
Steve Dudas
Notable Losses:
Gipsy Daniels [KO 1] *Schmeling Pre-Prime
Jack Sharkey
Max Baer [TKO 10]
Steve Hamas
Joe Louis [KO 1] *Schmeling Post-Prime
Questionable Wins:
Jack Sharkey I
Questionable Losses:
Jack Sharkey II

'A' level wins:
Jack Sharkey, Joe Louis
'A-' level wins:
Paulino Uzcudun (x2), Young Stribling, Steve Hamas
'B' level wins:
Joe Sekyra, Johnny Risko, Mickey Walker, Walter Neusel, Ben Foord, Steve Dudas
'B-' level wins:
Gipsy Daniels

Point Total: 4 + 5.25 + 6 + .5 – 12 = 3.75


Those who just missed the top 20:

Peter Jackson
Floyd Patterson
Ezzard Charles
Gene Tunney
Jersey Joe Walcott

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12-19-2009, 06:54 AM
Max Schmeling vs Joe Louis I

Max Schmeling vs Jack Sharkey II

Max Schmeling vs Young Stribling

Max Schmeling vs Mickey Walker