View Full Version : History of the Heavyweights part 10 (Max Schmeling)

04-27-2006, 06:38 PM
Heres another short bio guys, enjoy..............


The scramble for the title vacated by Gene Tunney in 1928 lasted two years. Many eliminaters featuring all the top contenders were fought during that time. The two men who emerged to fight for the crown were tough American Jack Sharkey and the European heavyweight champion Max Schmeling.
Schmeling incurred the displeasure of his family when he eschewed a business career and took up boxing. He also surprised them, for he had lost two fingers on his hand due to a childhood accident. He was nevertheless a stylish boxer, a good technician and a damaging puncher.


His rise to the top was by no means meteoric. There were some solid victories, including wins over the tough spaniard Paulino Uzcudun and Johnny "Rubber Man" Risko. But there were reverses too. Defeat insise one round to moderate British Cruiserweight Gypsy Daniels did little to enhance his reputation. In fact, when he travelled to Britain in search of engagements, no promoter would even look at him. His fortunes improved when he arrived in America. A string of victories took Scmeling to a showdown with Sharkey at the Yankee Stadium on 12th June 1930.
There was probably less interest in this contest than any other Heavyweight Title Fight of the post war era. Schmeling wasn't a well known figure as far as American boxing fans were concerned, while their compatriot, Sharkey, had a reputation for inconsistency. He could be brilliant one day then ****e the next, and as a result the fans didn't take him seriously.


It was, in fact a short and contraversial encounter. Sharkey had the better of the early exchanges, including a terrific right hook to Schmeling's jaw in the third round, a blow which sent the German reeling onto the ropes. The fight ended in the next round when Schmelling went down in agony after an undoubted low blow from his opponent. The bell sounded when the count reached six. Schmeling's manager, Jim Jacobs, was incandescent. His cries of "foul!" were taken up by large sections of the 80,000 strong crowd; others disagreed vehemently. After a considerable delay in which the referee consulted the judges, Schmeling was declared the winner. He became the only German to win the title, and the only man to take the crown on a foul. The decision reverbrated throughout the whole of the boxing world and precipitated a rule change: in future, a boxer guilty of a low blow will be cautioned, not disqualified.
Schmeling successfully defended his title the following year against Young Stribling, the referee intervening in the 15th and final round to save the American from further punishment. Schmeling then agreed to a returm match against Sharkey. It was to prove another contraversial affair. Schmeling had profited from a contentious decision in 1930, this time he finds himself on the recieving end of an injustice.