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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