Originally Posted by Sugarj
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......
Did Joe Louis not have enormous pressure on him to win? Schmeling was afraid of the guy he had dismantled, but that same guy was not afraid of his conqueror?
That fight, regardless of the state of the opponent, is Joe Louis putting on one of history's most ferocious displays in one of history's biggest fights. If you wanted to introduce someone to Joe Louis.....you wouldn't choose this fight?