Max Schmeling

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Max Schmeling
Max Schmeling in 1936
Real nameMaximillian Adolph Otto
Siegfried Schmeling
Nickname(s)Black Uhlan of the Rhine
Rated atHeavyweight
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Reach193 cm (76 in)
Born(1905-09-28)September 28, 1905
Klein Luckow, Province of Pomerania, German Empire
DiedFebruary 2, 2005(2005-02-02) (aged 99)
Wenzendorf, Germany
Boxing record
Total fights70
Wins by KO40
No contests0
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For the 2010 German film, see Max Schmeling (film).
Max Schmeling
Max Schmeling in 1936
Real nameMaximillian Adolph Otto
Siegfried Schmeling
Nickname(s)Black Uhlan of the Rhine
Rated atHeavyweight
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Reach193 cm (76 in)
Born(1905-09-28)September 28, 1905
Klein Luckow, Province of Pomerania, German Empire
DiedFebruary 2, 2005(2005-02-02) (aged 99)
Wenzendorf, Germany
Boxing record
Total fights70
Wins by KO40
No contests0

Maximillian Adolph Otto Siegfried "Max" Schmeling (September 28, 1905 – February 2, 2005) was a German boxer who was heavyweight champion of the world between 1930 and 1932. His two fights with Joe Louis in 1936 and 1938 were worldwide cultural events because of their national associations.

Starting his professional career in 1924, Schmeling came to the United States in 1928 and, after a ninth-round technical knockout of Johnny Risko, became a sensation. He became the first to win the heavyweight championship (at that time vacant) by disqualification in 1930, after opponent Jack Sharkey knocked him down with a low blow in the fourth round. A rematch in 1932 saw Sharkey gaining the title from Schmeling by a controversial fifteen-round split decision. In 1933, Schmeling lost to Max Baer by a tenth-round TKO. The loss left people believing that Schmeling was past his prime. Meanwhile, Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party took over control in Germany, and Schmeling came to be viewed as a 'Nazi puppet.'

In 1936, Schmeling knocked out American rising star Joe Louis, placing him as the number one contender for Jim Braddock's title, but Louis got the fight and knocked Braddock out to win the championship in 1937. Schmeling finally got a chance to regain his title in 1938, but Louis knocked him out in one round. During World War II, Schmeling served with the German Air Force (Luftwaffe) as an elite paratrooper (Fallschirmjäger).[1] After the war, Schmeling mounted a comeback, but retired permanently in 1948.

After retiring from boxing, Schmeling worked for The Coca-Cola Company. Schmeling became friends with Louis, and their friendship lasted until the latter's death in 1981. Schmeling died in 2005 aged 99, a sporting icon in his native Germany. Long after the Second World War, it was revealed that Schmeling had risked his own life to save the lives of two Jewish children in 1938.[2]

In 2003, Schmeling was ranked 55 on The Ring magazine's list of 100 greatest punchers of all time.[3]


Early years[edit]

Schmeling was born in the Pomeranian town of Klein Luckow. He first became acquainted with boxing as a teenager, when his father took him to watch film of the heavyweight championship match between Jack Dempsey and Georges Carpentier. Impressed with Dempsey's performance in that fight, young Schmeling became determined to imitate his new hero. He began boxing in amateur competitions and, by 1924, won Germany's national amateur title in the light heavyweight division. Shortly thereafter, he turned professional. Ironically, though he idolized the raging, brawling Dempsey, Schmeling developed a careful, scientific style of fighting that lent itself more to counterpunching. Using this style, he got off to an impressive - though hardly sensational - start by winning seventeen of his first twenty-three bouts, thirteen by knockout. In 1925, he had the thrill of getting into the ring with Dempsey himself, who was then still heavyweight champion of the world, and was touring Europe. Dempsey boxed for two rounds with the then unknown German and, according to a story later told by Schmeling, was greatly impressed. He proved Dempsey's praises correct on August 24, 1926, when picking up the German light heavyweight championship with a first round knockout of rival Max Diekmann, who had previously beaten Schmeling. The next year, Schmeling won the European championship by stopping Fernand Delarge in the first boxing match broadcast live in Germany. After defending both titles against Hein Domgoergen the same year and, in 1928, the European Title with a first round knockout of Michele Bonaglia, he secured the German heavyweight championship with a point victory against Franz Diener, and decided to chase bigger fights and bigger purses in the United States.

Arriving in New York City for the first time in 1928, Schmeling was hardly noticed by the American fight circles. Considered a stiff European fighter who had padded his record against German and European unknowns, he was given few opportunities to prove himself until he hooked up with American manager Joe Jacobs, a man with the proper talents and connections to move Schmeling's career along a positive path. Schmeling's debut in America took place at Madison Square Garden with an eighth round knockout of Joe Monte, who was not a top flight heavyweight but nonetheless a young American who had been in with some tough competition. Two more victories led to a fight with Johnny Risko, one of the biggest names in the division, though somewhat beyond his prime. On February 1, 1929, Schmeling floored Risko four times with his right hand before the referee halted the contest in the ninth round to save Risko from further punishment, handing Risko his only loss by TKO. The surprised crowd in attendance roared with appreciation and The Ring magazine subsequently recognized the win as its 'Fight of the Year.'

The "Low Blow Champion"[edit]

Max Schmeling in 1930

Boxing pundits were quickly changing their opinions of the German. When he defeated the highly regarded Spaniard Paulino Uzcudun via a fifteen-round decision at Yankee Stadium later that year, Schmeling was suddenly regarded as the foremost young contender in the division. With the Heavyweight World Champion Gene Tunney having recently retired, promoters arranged a matchup between the German and veteran contender Jack Sharkey to fill the vacancy. On June 12, 1930, at Yankee Stadium, in a fight billed as the 'Battle of the Continents,' Schmeling, known as a slow starter, fell slightly behind on points going into the fourth round. Schmeling was trying to corner his opponent when Sharkey let loose with a blow to the body which strayed below the belt line. He immediately clutched his groin and fell to the canvas, claiming to have been fouled. When manager Jacobs ran into the ring, prompting all kinds of chaos, the confused referee disqualified Sharkey and declared Schmeling the victor and the first (and only) man to win the heavyweight championship on a foul. The New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC), reviewing the call, agreed.

The first European-born boxer to win the heavyweight championship in thirty-three years, Schmeling was also the first from Germany to hold the distinction. Still, the way in which he won the title proved an embarrassment. Called the 'low blow champion,' he was disparaged in both America and Europe as an unproven titleholder. When he initially refused to face Sharkey in a rematch, the NYSAC officially stripped him of their recognition as world champion, but he remained recognized by both the National Boxing Association (NBA) and The Ring magazine. Most of the criticism faded after Schmeling's first defense, an impressive fifteen round TKO over Young Stribling, a future hall-of-famer with 239 wins to his credit by 1931. In order to solidify his title as undisputed, Schmeling signed a contract to face the "Boston Gob" once more. On June 21, 1932, the championship picture became even more muddled when Sharkey won a highly controversial split decision, taking the championship. Many in attendance, including Gene Tunney and the mayor of New York, felt that Schmeling had proven himself the better man and was robbed. In losing the championship, the German had managed to elevate his reputation in the minds of boxing fans.

Walker and Baer[edit]

When Schmeling faced Mickey Walker, the future hall-of-famer who had recently held Sharkey to a draw that many felt Walker deserved, it was thought that this fight was for the real heavyweight championship. Walker, a former welterweight, was a popular slugger who had won championships in two divisions but was at a considerable size disadvantage against the European. Though Walker fought bravely and took the lead on points early in the fight, Schmeling showed both boxing ability and punching power in dealing out a terrific beating as the fight progressed. After eight exciting rounds, Walker's corner threw in the towel, confirming Schmeling's status as the leading heavyweight in the world.

With the coming of 1933, however, Schmeling's image in America began to take a decided turn. In 1932, the Nazi Party became the most powerful political force in Germany, and its ideologies, voiced by party leader Adolf Hitler, overflowed with anti-Semitic tendencies. Major American cities such as New York had large Jewish populations, who worried over what the party could mean for people of their religion in the future. Schmeling, because he was German, was viewed as an extension of Hitler's plans for world domination. When Schmeling was slated to fight heavy-hitting contender Max Baer on June 8, 1933, he immediately became the 'bad guy' in the eyes of fans. Baer, who did not practice the Jewish religion but had a Jewish father, came into the ring wearing the Star of David on his shorts. Promoter Jack Dempsey played up this angle and suddenly the fight was viewed as Baer defending his faith against the prejudice of the Nazis, represented reluctantly by Schmeling. Thrown off of his game in part by the bad publicity, but also because of Baer's wild, brawling style and frequent fouls (including backhand punches and rabbit punches), Schmeling was positively thrashed after ten rounds before nearly 60,000 onlookers at Yankee Stadium. While the German took a vicious battering against the ropes in the tenth, the referee leapt in to stop the fight. The embarrassing fight, combined with a follow-up loss to contender Steve Hamas early the next year, left many wondering if Schmeling was still a world top-class fighter.

Versus Joe Louis[edit]

Louis vs. Schmeling, 1936

Returning to his native Germany, Schmeling won three of his next four fights, with one draw, including knockout wins over first Walter Neusel, then another redeeming his previous loss to Steve Hamas. His opponents were of an impressive caliber, but many among the American press and fans remained unmoved on the idea of rooting for Schmeling in light of the Nazi Party's behavior. Articles continued to be published declaring the German 'washed up,' a 'has been,' or a 'Nazi puppet.' When he was matched with undefeated black sensation Joe Louis in 1936 for the German's first fight on American soil in more than two years, he was clearly the betting underdog, considered a name opponent for Louis to roll over on his route to the title. Nevertheless, he was number two contender for the title behind Louis. Prior to the match, Schmeling carefully studied films of Louis's prior fights, dissecting apparent flaws in the Detroit fighter's technique. Among the weaknesses he noticed was the fact that Louis lowered his left hand after throwing a left jab. In the ring, Schmeling exploited this subtle flaw to his own advantage, countering nearly every Louis jab with his best punch, the right cross. The fight proved to be a competitive, hard-hitting affair for the first three rounds, but, in the fourth, a counter right from the German dropped Louis for the first time in his career. Though Louis rose, he was badly dazed for the remainder of the fight and Schmeling subsequently delivered the finest performance of his career. For a further eight rounds he battered Louis, often standing toe-to-toe with the vaunted puncher and landing that same right hand to the jaw repeatedly. In the twelfth he sent the American tumbling to the floor once more, and this time Louis could not recover. He was counted out on the floor and Schmeling had scored the most talked-about sports upset of the year.

Now the unexpected number one contender for the heavyweight crown held by Jim Braddock, Schmeling looked forward to his chance to regain the title as first Heavyweight ever, scheduled for that September. The fight was postponed, however, when Braddock injured his hand in training. Rumors existed that the fight's organizers were stalling, afraid of the negative publicity that would be generated over a perceived Nazi getting a shot at the world's title. When it was confirmed that Braddock's managers were in talks with the Louis camp, the New York Commission officially released an order for Braddock to fight Schmeling for the title. Any other fight, with Louis or otherwise, would not be recognized by New York as being for the championship. The Madison Square Garden Corporation, the largest promotional company in the sport at the time, even attempted to get a legal injunction against a Braddock-Louis fight (Louis was not on their roster). Nonetheless, in February in 1937, Schmeling received the bad news that the champion had indeed signed to defend his championship against Louis. A furious Schmeling protested, but to no avail, and he was forced to watch from ringside as Louis knocked Braddock out and gained the championship. Sorely disappointed and convinced that he would never receive his chance at redemption, Schmeling fought just once more in America, an eighth round knockout of future contender Harry Thomas, before returning to Germany. In his native land, Schmeling was regarded as a hero and promoted by the Nazi propaganda machine as a perfect example of German supremacy over the rest of the world by virtue of his stunning defeat of the current champion, Louis. The government ordered parades and rallies in his honor. He became a friend to Hitler and other powerful figures in the government and also a popular subject of newspaper articles and films. He continued to press for a chance at a rematch with Louis and in the meantime padded his record against overmatched fighters Ben Foord and Steve Dudas.

"Battle of the Century"[edit]

In 1938, champion Joe Louis announced that he would indeed face Schmeling for the title. The rematch became an instant international sensation. Many clamored impatiently for its happening, but others, afraid of international tensions and the possibility of Hitler taking over the championship, protested. The controversy and ballyhoo led to the event becoming the most anticipated boxing match since the rematch between Dempsey and Gene Tunney, or possibly earlier. Louis, with his poor, black roots was adopted by American fans as the symbol of America as a land of opportunity. In contrast, Americans perceived Schmeling and his ties to Hitler as an obvious threat to those opportunities and ideals. When the German walked to the ring at Yankee Stadium on June 22, 1938, he did so under a hail of garbage thrown from the stands. Louis came out blazing in the first round and Schmeling tried to counter-punch as he had in the first bout, but to no avail. Driven into the ropes and battered with a fusillade of short, crisp blows from every angle, Schmeling turned his back to his opponent and clutched onto the ropes, letting out a scream that even years later, many spectators could recall vividly. Schmeling would later say that he screamed because he had been hit with a blow to the kidneys. Schmeling's knees buckled under the punishment and referee Arthur Donovan pushed Louis away, beginning a count on Schmeling. Schmeling reluctantly stepped away from the ropes and Donovan allowed him to continue. A few punches later, Schmeling was knocked down again. From then on, he was helpless. He rose but fell moments later and Donovan stopped the fight.

Many years later, in 1975, Schmeling said, "Looking back, I'm almost happy I lost that fight. Just imagine if I would have come back to Germany with a victory. I had nothing to do with the Nazis, but they would have given me a medal. After the war I might have been considered a war criminal."[4]

Schmeling in his later years[edit]

Max Schmeling (right) with Joe Louis in 1971.

When he returned to Germany after his defeat by Joe Louis, Schmeling was now shunned by the Nazis. He managed to win both the German and European heavyweight championships on the same night, with a first round knockout of Adolf Heuser. During the Nazi purge of Jews from Berlin, he personally saved the lives of two Jewish children by hiding them in his apartment. It was not the first time that Schmeling defied the Nazi regime's hatred for Jews. As the story goes, Hitler let it be known through the Reich Ministry of Sports that he was very displeased at Schmeling's relationship with Joe Jacobs, his Jewish fight promoter and wanted it terminated, but Schmeling courageously refused to bow even to Hitler. During the war, Schmeling was forcibly drafted where he served with the Luftwaffe and was trained as an elite Fallschirmjäger. He participated in the 1941 Battle of Crete, where he was wounded in his right knee during the first day of the battle. After recovering, he was dismissed from active service after being deemed medically unfit for duty because of his injury. He later visited American P.O.W. camps and occasionally tried to help conditions for the prisoners. After the war, Schmeling settled in Hamburg where, strapped for money, he embarked upon a moderately successful comeback in boxing, winning three of his five bouts with two point-defeats before re-entering retirement in October 1948.

During the 1950s, Schmeling began working for The Coca-Cola Company's offices in Germany. Before long, he owned his own bottling plant and held an executive's position within the company. He became friends with Joe Louis and assisted his former rival financially in his later years, eventually financing his military funeral in 1981.

His wife for 54 years, the Czech-born actress Anny Ondra died in 1987. In 1992, he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. He lived his remaining years as a wealthy man and avid boxing fan, dying on February 2, 2005 at the age of 99.[5]

Schmeling lived for many years in a mansion on Schweinfurth Strasse in the leafy green suburb of Dahlem in Berlin. The house currently houses the Libyan embassy.

In 2010 a bronze statue of Schmeling was erected in Hollenstedt.[6]


Cultural references[edit]

German stamp, 2005

Schmeling lived in Stettin, Germany (now known as Szczecin, Poland); a band from this city, The Analogs, recorded the song "Max Schmeling" on their album Hlaskover rock.

Schmeling briefly appears as himself in the film The Zurich Engagement (1957)

In his movie "Deconstructing Harry" [1997] Woody Allen is playing the character of Harry Block who claims to have divorced his first wife since "she looked like Max Schmeling" under a particular lighting setting.

The 2002 American-German film Joe and Max tells the true story of Joe Louis and Max Schmeling and their enduring friendship.

In the book The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, Joe Kavalier is beaten up by someone who may or may not have been Max Schmeling. The author hints that it probably wasn't, as Schmeling should have been fighting in Poland at the time.

The song "Ambling Alp" by Yeasayer mentions Max Schmeling as a "formidable foe." The nicknake 'Ambling Alp' does not refer to Schmeling but refers to another contemporary boxer Primo Carnera. Carnera and Schmeling never faced each other in the ring, but both had high-profile bouts with Joe Louis.

Schmeling also appears as a character in the opera, Shadowboxer, based on the life of Joe Louis.[7]

Schmeling figures prominently in the 2010 novel by P.F. Kluge A Call From Jersey.

Henry Maske and Wladimir Klitschko, after the unveiling of the Max Schmeling monument in Hollenstedt on May 21, 2010

In the novel Kaputt by Curzio Malaparte, 1944, Schmeling figures prominently in the chapter Cricket in Poland depicting a gathering in February 1942 hosted by Governor-General Dr. Hans Frank in the Belvedere palace in Warsaw.

Schmeling's role as a paratrooper in World War II is mentioned in Gunter Grass's famous 1959 novel "The Tin Drum"

Schmeling is the central figure in the stage play, "The Measure Of A Man", written by Brian C. Petti.

For 2010's film Max Schmeling - Eine deutsche Legende another former boxing champion, who moreover had known him, played Max Schmeling: Henry Maske.

The 2011 novel, "The Berlin Boxing Club" by Robert Sharenow, set in 1930s Berlin, features Schmeling heavily as the character who introduces a young Jewish boy to boxing, and later plays a larger role.

The Voyagers! episode "All Fall Down" depicts his second fight with Joe Louis. The series' time travelling protagonists Phineas Bogg and Jeffrey Jones convinced Louis not to back out of the fight and witnessed his victory over Schmeling in Yankee Stadium on June 22, 1938.

The Law & Order Season 9 episode "Hunters" features an elderly former boxer named Terry Barrick who went ten rounds with Schmeling in 1937.

Honorary residencies[edit]

Professional record[edit]

56 Wins (40 knockouts, 16 decisions), 10 Losses (5 knockouts, 5 decisions), 4 Draws [1]
Loss56-10-4Germany Richard VogtPTS1031/10/1948Germany Waldbühne, Westend, Berlin, Germany
Win56-9-4Germany Hans Joachim DraegesteinTKO9 (10)02/10/1948Germany Holstein-Platz

Booklet , Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

Draegestein suffered broken jaw.
Loss55-9-4Germany Walter NeuselPTS1023/05/1948Germany Platz in Hamburg-Altona, Altona, Hamburg, Germany
Win55-8-4Germany Hans Joachim DraegesteinPTS1007/12/1947Germany Omnibushalle, Altona, Hamburg, Germany
Win54-8-4Germany Werner VollmerKO7 (10)28/09/1947Germany Waldstadion, Frankfurt, Hessen, GermanyThis was Schmeling's first fight in over eight years.
Win53-8-4Nazi Germany Adolf HeuserKO1 (15)02/07/1939Nazi Germany Adolf-Hitler-Kampfbahn, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, GermanyWon EBU & Germany BDB Heavyweight titles. The fight has the largest boxing audience in German boxing history of 70,000 people.
Loss52-8-4United States Joe LouisTKO1 (15)22/06/1938United States Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, United StatesFor NYSAC, NBA & World Heavyweight titles. Proclaimed the "Fight of the Decade" by The Ring Magazine.
Win52-7-4United States Steve DudasKO5 (?)16/04/1938Nazi Germany Hanseatenhalle, Hamburg, Germany
Win51-7-4South Africa Ben FoordPTS1230/01/1938Nazi Germany Hanseatenhalle, Hamburg, Germany
Win50-7-4United States Henry ThomasTKO8 (15)13/12/1937United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States
Win49-7-4United States Joe LouisKO12 (15)19/06/1936United States Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, United StatesLouis was down in the 4th and 12th rounds. 1936 Fight of the Year by The Ring Magazine.
Win48-7-4Spain Paulino UzcudunPTS1207/07/1935Nazi Germany Poststadion, Moabit, Berlin, Germany
Win47-7-4United States Steve HamasKO9 (12)10/03/1935Nazi Germany Hanseatenhalle, Hamburg, Germany
Win46-7-4Nazi Germany Walter NeuselKO9 (15)26/08/1934Nazi Germany Sandbahn Lokstedt, Hamburg, GermanyThis fight has the largest European boxing attendance of 102,000 people.
Draw45-7-4Spain Paulino UzcudunPTS1213/05/1934Spain Montjuich Stadium, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain
Loss45-7-3United States Steve HamasPTS1213/02/1934United States Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Loss45-6-3United States Max BaerTKO10 (15)08/06/1933United States Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, United StatesThe fight was in front of a crowd of 53,000 (with another 3,300 with passes). Including Jack Sharkey and Primo Carnera, paid $239,676.07 to assure a fair profit for Jack Dempsey in his first big promotional venture. 1933 Fight of the Year by The Ring Magazine.
Win45-5-3United States Mickey WalkerTKO8 (15)26/09/1932United States Madison Square Garden Bowl, Long Island City, Queens, New York, United StatesWalker down once in round 1 and twice in round 8. Jack Kearns, Walker's manager, signaled Referee Denning to stop the bout.
Loss44-5-3United States Jack SharkeySD1521/06/1932United States Madison Square Garden Bowl, Long Island City, Queens, New York, United StatesLost NYSAC & NBA Heavyweight titles. As a result of the controversial decision of this bout, the NYSAC barred any but "boxing experts" (sports writers, referees, judges) from broadcasting descriptions of future matches.
Win44-4-3United States Young StriblingTKO15 (15)03/07/1931United States Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio, United StatesRetained NBA & World Heavyweight titles. 1931 Fight of the Year by The Ring Magazine.
Win43-4-3United States Jack SharkeyDQ4 (15)12/06/1930United States Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, United StatesWon vacant NYSAC & NBA Heavyweight titles. Sharkey was disqualified because of a low blow.
Win42-4-3Spain Paulino UzcudunPTS1527/06/1929United States Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, United StatesSchmeling injured his right hand in the 5th round.
Win41-4-3United States Johnny RiskoTKO9 (15)01/02/1929United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States1929 Fight of the Year by The Ring Magazine. Schmeling dropped Risko in rounds 1, 7, 8, and 9, each time with a right hand.
Win40-4-3Austria Pietro CorriKO1 (10)21/01/1929United States Laurel Garden, Newark, New Jersey, United States
Win39-4-3United States Joe SekyraPTS1004/01/1929United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States
Win38-4-3United States Joe MonteKO8 (10)23/11/1928United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States
Win37-4-3Germany Franz DienerPTS1504/04/1928Germany Sportpalast, Schoeneberg, Berlin, GermanyRetained Germany BDB Light Heavyweight title.
Win36-4-3United States Ted MoorePTS1011/03/1928Germany Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Loss35-4-3United Kingdom Gipsy DanielsKO1 (10)25/02/1928Germany Frankfurt, Hessen, Germany
Win35-3-3Kingdom of Italy Michele BonagliaKO1 (15)06/01/1928Germany Sportpalast, Schoeneberg, Berlin, GermanyRetained EBU Light Heavyweight title.
Win34-3-3United Kingdom Gipsy DanielsPTS1002/12/1927Germany Sportpalast, Schoeneberg, Berlin, Germany
Win33-3-3Germany Hein DomgoergenKO7 (15)06/11/1927Germany Leipzig, Sachsen, GermanyRetained EBU & Germany BDB Light Heavyweight titles.
Win32-3-3Switzerland Louis ClementKO6 (?)02/10/1927Germany Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Win31-3-3Denmark Robert LarsenKO3 (?)02/09/1927Germany Sportpalast, Schoeneberg, Berlin, Germany
Win30-3-3Netherlands Willem WestbroekKO3 (?)07/08/1927Germany Radrennbahn, Essen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Win29-3-3United States Jack TaylorPTS1013/07/1927Germany Hamburg, Germany
Win28-3-3Belgium Fernand DelargeKO14 (15)19/06/1927Germany Westfalenhallen, Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen, GermanyRetained EBU Light Heavyweight title.
Win27-3-3France Raoul PaillauxKO3 (?)17/05/1927Germany Frankfurt, Hessen, Germany
Win26-3-3Denmark Robert LarsenPTS1007/05/1927Germany Frankfurt, Hessen, Germany
Win25-3-3United Kingdom Stanley GlenKO1 (?)26/04/1927Germany Sagebiel, Hamburg, Germany
Win24-3-3France Francois CharlesKO8 (?)08/04/1927Germany Berlin, Germany
Win23-3-3France Leon SebiloKO2 (?)12/03/1927Germany Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Win22-3-3Germany Joe MehlingKO3 (?)04/02/1927Germany Zirkus Sarassani, Dresden, Sachsen, Germany
Win21-3-3Belgium Louis WilmsTKO8 (?)23/01/1927Germany Centennial Hall, Breslau, Lower Silesia, Germany (now Wrocław, Poland)
Win20-3-3United Kingdom Jack StanleyKO8 (?)07/01/1927Germany Sportpalast, Schoeneberg, Berlin, Germany
Win19-3-3Netherlands Herman van't HofDQ8 (?)01/10/1926Germany Sportpalast, Schoeneberg, Berlin, GermanyVan 't Hof was disqualified for kidney-punching.
Win18-3-3Germany Max DiekmannKO1 (12)24/08/1926Germany Berlin, GermanyWon Germany BDB Light Heavyweight title.
Win17-3-3Germany August VongehrTKO1 (4)13/07/1926Germany Luna Park, Berlin, Halensee, Berlin, Germany
Win16-3-3Germany Willy LouisTKO1 (?)19/03/1926Germany Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Draw15-3-3Germany Max DiekmannPTS812/02/1926Germany Berlin, Germany
Win15-3-2France Rene ComperePTS808/11/1925Germany Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Loss14-3-2Canada Larry GainsTKO2 (?)01/09/1925Germany Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Draw14-2-2Belgium Leon RandolPTS1013/06/1925Belgium Brussels, Belgium
Loss14-2-1United States Jack TaylorPTS1009/05/1925Germany Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Win14-1-1Germany Fred HammerPTS828/04/1925Germany Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Draw13-1-1United States Jimmy LyggettPTS803/04/1925Germany Berlin, Germany
Win13–1Spain Alfred BakerKO3 (?)15/03/1925Germany Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Win12–1Belgium Leon RandolKO4 (?)01/03/1925Germany Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Win11–1Germany Joe MehlingPTS620/01/1925Germany Berlin, Germany
Win10–1Belgium Johnny CludtsKO2 (?)18/01/1925Germany Schauburgring, Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Win9–1United States Jimmy Lyggett SrTKO4 (?)26/12/1924Germany Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Win8–1Germany Helmuth HartigKO1 (?)17/12/1924Germany Berlin, Germany
Win7–1Martinique Battling MatharKO3 (?)07/12/1924Germany Westfalenhalle, Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Win6–1Germany Hans BreuerKO2 (?)04/12/1924Germany Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Win5–1Germany Fred HammerKO3 (?)31/10/1924Germany Westdeutsche Sporthalle, Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Loss4–1Germany Max DiekmannTKO4 (?)10/10/1924Germany Sportpalast, Schoeneberg, Berlin, Germany
Win4–0United Kingdom Rocky KnightPTS804/10/1924Germany Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Win3–0Belgium Henri van der VyverKO3 (?)22/09/1924Germany Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Win2–0Germany Willy LouisKO1 (?)20/09/1924Germany Duisburg, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Win1–0Germany Hans CzappKO6 (?)02/08/1924Germany Tonhalle, Duisburg, Nordrhein-Westfalen, GermanyPro debut for Schmeling.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Max Schmeling -". Retrieved 2008-06-11. 
  2. ^ "Max Schmeling -". Retrieved 2008-06-11. 
  3. ^ "Ring Magazine's 100 Greatest Punchers". Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  4. ^ "Boxing legend Max Schmeling dies at 99". USA Today. February 4, 2005. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  5. ^ "Heavyweight legend Max Schmeling dies". BBC Sport. February 4, 2005. Retrieved 2012-02-11. 
  6. ^ "Hollenstedt: Max-Schmeling bekommt ein Denkmal", Hamburger Abendblatt, 01.04. 2010.
  7. ^ Midegette, Anne, "Inspired by Joe Louis, opera 'Shadowboxer' scores one for reality", Washington Post, 17 April 2010

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Preceded by
Gene Tunney
NYSAC Heavyweight Champion
June 12, 1930 – January 7, 1931
Succeeded by
Jack Sharkey
NBA Heavyweight Champion
June 12, 1930 – June 21, 1932
Preceded by
Tommy Loughran
Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year
Succeeded by
Tommy Loughran
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jack Sharkey
Oldest Living Heavyweight Champion
August 17, 1994 – February 2, 2005
Succeeded by
Ingemar Johansson
Oldest Living World Champion
August 17, 1994 – February 2, 2005
Succeeded by
Jake LaMotta