Louis vs. Schmeling I: June 19th, 1936

Louis vs. Schmeling was hardly the first time race and racism mattered in boxing (see Jack Johnson, among others), and it wouldn’t be the last. But the stakes both in this fight and in their rematch two years later, were unique in boxing history. These two athletes became avatars for not only black vs. white,… Continue reading Louis vs. Schmeling I: June 19th, 1936