Originally Posted by jabsRstiff
I say Schmeling II because it was a monumental occasion and Joe was primed like no one else in history for a fight. That fight was pure Joe Louis- a devastating array of punching and finishing power and technique. It's the night/fight you look at and think maybe no one in history could have defeated him.
But just watch Schmelling the entire fight. He barely attempted anything! He was like a rabbit in the headlights. He had chances to throw punches......there were lulls in the action; but he only threw one right hand.
Joe Louis would have no doubt destroyed Schmelling that night regardless. But Joe looked far from unbeatable that night, his performance was flattered by Schmelling's no show.
I don't blame Schmelling; the political pressure must have been super intense and he had the bravery to get in the ring.....which is far more than most men. But Schmelling froze in a similar manner to Spinks or Seldon against Tyson or Golota against Lewis.
Its far more impressive to see Louis win against a live opponent who actually turned up to win and demonstrated a desire and competence in attempting just that......