History | Jun 22 2018

On This Day: The exploding fists of Joe Louis destroyed Max Schmeling

On June 22, 1938 Joe Louis avenged his defeat to Max Schmeling in what was called the 'undercard to World War II'

THE 1938 return bout between heavyweight champion Joe Louis and Germany’s Max Schmeling – the man who had handed Joe his first (and at that time only) defeat – represented much more than simply a revenge opportunity for Louis.

The growing realisation of Hitler’s menacing regime meant even the theme of black versus white became secondary to the opposing ideologies of democracy and totalitarianism.

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