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41BoxingMore Than A Fight

Date / Jun 22, 1938

Location / Yankee Stadium | Bronx, NY

Moment / More than 70,000 fans packed into Yankee Stadium to watch Joe Louis send an early barrage of punches toward Max Schmeling, ending their title fight after just 124 seconds. It was Louis’ revenge against Schmeling, who won the duo’s first matchup with a knockout in the 12th round.

Impact / The fight served as a symbol for the impending fight between the United States and Nazi Germany. Louis, a black American, took down the German Schmeling to become the heavyweight champion.

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