IT was all going to plan for Joe Louis, on this day (June 19) in 1936, mashing up all-comers, as he marched towards the world heavyweight title in the mid-1930s. There was just the small matter of another faded former champ, Max Schmeling, to deal with before Joe’s inevitable coronation.
But Louis had a mechanical style, albeit a frightfully efficient one. Master boxers like Schmeling (and Billy Conn, Jersey Joe Walcott and Ezzard Charles later in his career) brought trouble to Joe.
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