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Joe Louis' Greatest Fights: Louis-Schmeling

Updated: May 18, 2006, 12:43 PM ET
By Bert Randolph Sugar | Boxing Historian

Joe Louis vs. Max Schmeling June 22, 1938

The year was 1938. Europe was throbbing to the sound of goose-stepping boots and demented paper-hanger's mad ravings. War was less than 15 months away and every arena was being used for propaganda purposes -- even the sports arena.

It all started in 1936. That year the Berlin Olympics had been used as a forum to promote Aryan superiority. Then, on June 22, 1938, it spread to the boxing arena where Hitler's pride, Max Schmeling, took on ...

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