On This Day: German icon Max Schmeling dies aged 99

Fast facts on Max Schmeling, the first man to beat the great Joe Louis

OFTEN cast as the villain in America due to his unfair connection with Aryan supremacy purported by the Nazi government in Germany. After defeating the unbeaten Joe Louis – a monumental upset – the two met again in one of the most anticipated fights of the century as Schmeling fell to a first-round knockout loss.

Born: September 28, 1905

Died: February 2, 2005

Hometown: Brandenburg, Germany

Record: 56-10-4 (39)

Best win: Joe Louis ko 12


Titles: German and European light-heavyweight, German, European, World heavyweight

Strengths: Counter-punching, ring IQ, powerful right hand

Weakness: Slow starter

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