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THURSDAY, JUNE 23, 1938
JOE LOUIS vs MAX SCHMELING
SCHMELING Knocked Nails Through
Planks With His Strong Right Hand
_ THREE TIMES at least in a
professional boxing career spread
over the last fourteen years, Max
Schmeling was written down as
finished: each time he fought his way
_ Schmeling was born in a peasant's cottage
at Prevzlau on September 24, 1905. He
became a paid fighter in 1924, and it has
been hi rare defeats- nearly all sensational
and spectacular- rather than his numerous
victories which have shown what manner
of man is this boxing machine the
Americans call the "Black Uhlan of the
_ In 1926 Schmeling came to Berlin a poor
man, his hands smashed. He had moved
from Cologne, from his manager, his com-
rades, his mother, his sister. He was afraid
of being finished before he had the properly set
out on his career.
_ He found in Arthur Buelow, a German
journalist, the man to guide him to
heights beyond his dreams. He became
German cruiser weight champion within
two months and earned £75 for the fight.
He became European cruiser weight cham-
pion in 1927 and, undisturbed by a first-
round knock-out defeat by the British
"Gypsy" Daniels in 1928 he was German
heavyweight champion a few weeks later,
declared winner on points against Franz
Diener by the grace of the judges. This
earned him £1500.
_ He Climbed Suddenly
_ Schmeling marched on. He went to
America. Again he fell into the depths,
was near poverty, troubled by a frac-
tured hand, nearly stranded. Again he
_ He dropped Arthur Buelow. Through all
the years they had addressed each other as
Herr Schmeling and Herr Buelow. The
very air round Schmeling was strangely
charged. Mystery seemed always to be
_ He was the first man, in 1929, to force
the cast-iron Johnny Risco to admit defeat
by a technical knockout to escape a real
one. He became the first "horizontal"
heavyweight champion of the world when
Jack Sharkey was disqualified in their 1930
fight in the fourth round with Schmeling
on the floor.
_ In 1931 he defended his title against
"Young" Stribling. He systematically
undermined his opponent. A less
methodical man, with less than Schmeling's
punching power, would have finished this
fight far earlier. Schmeling took no chance.
Stribling fell a few seconds before the final
gong was due after almost 15 rounds of
cruel battering. The following year the
ambitious Sharkey agreed to Schmeling's
terms, and gained the title. Joe Jacobs,
Schmeling's Jew-American manager,
shouted into the microphone: "We have
been robbed," and 50 million Americans
_ Such a Hiding!
_ Schmeling, undaunted, again patiently
started to "come back," but trying to
qualify for a title match, collided with Max
Baer in 1933 and was crushingly knocked
out. He himself told me that he never had
experienced or thought possible such a
hiding and never wished for another. He
was smashed into pieces to such an extent
that even the mediocre Steve Hamas
managed to defeat him.
_ Again, in 1934, he began to climb back.
After subjugating Walter Neusel at
Hamburg and annihilating Steve Hamas at
the same place in 1935, he marched on,
never looking back.
_ He smashed the 20-1 favourite, Joe Louis
on June 19, 1936. It was the beaten Louis,
however, who got the chance and took the
championship from James Braddock.
Schmeling waited... Harry Thomas
... Ben Foord... Steve Dudas...
Louis again last night.
_ Friend of Hitler
_ Schmeling is wealthy, famous, a German
hero. He still employs the Jew Jacobs as
his American representative, but has become
a personal friend of Herr Hitler, Dr.
Goebbels and Field-marshal Goering.
_ He never made the same mistake twice.
He spares nobody, not even himself. He
leads a clean, healthy life. He keeps fit
whether there is a fight in the offing or not.
He remains an enigma even to those who
might claim to be his friends.
_ Before he proved to be a born boxer it
became clear that he was a born business
man. At thirteen he manufactured so-called
cigarettes - there was a great tabacco famine
in Germany at the time - and peddled them
in the streets. The business was flourishing,
when it met with sudden disaster in a
badly lite street when he offered his
products to his own father.
_ In a small weightlifting and wrestling
club he met an old music-hall artist who
taught him how to drive a big nail through
a plank with his bare hand. Schmeling him-
self is convinced this nail-driving developed
his smashing right-hand punch. He pressed
the head of the nail against his palm and
held the point between his fingers and so
drove it through a plank hanging on the
_ When he called on his mother, who lived
at the Sachsenplatz in the West End of
Berlin he used to see a beautiful girl. He
became interested in her and found she was
the Czech film star, Anny Ondra. He was
too shy to approach her.
_ He confessed his lack of courage to the
promoter, Paul Damski. Being also a
manager, Damski managed the affair. Anny
agreed to meet Max. Max and Anny are
happily married. Schmeling and Damski
do not speak.
_ Schmeling's inseparable companion, Max
Machon, tells of how Tom O'Rourke,
manager and trainer, died in Schmeling's
dressing-room on the evening of the
previous fight against Louis. O'Rourke said,
"Max, you can beat him" fell forward,
and was carried out of the room. Schmeling
remarked, "Poor Tom. They tell me he has
fainted, but I know he is dead." Machon
asked him if he considered the incident a
bad omen. Schmeling replied, "I am sorry
for Tom, but I have to defeat this negro
now, and must concentrate on that."
_ This is the many-sided man of mystery
who fought Joseph Louis for the world
championship in New York last night.
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