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Max Schmeling Wins Boxing Title On Foul In 1930...

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June 13, 1930

THE NEW YORK TIMES, New York, NY, June 13, 1930

* Max Schmeling vs. Jack Sharkey
* Heavyweight boxing championship
* Famous foul

This 48 page newspaper has a three line, one column headline on the front page: "SCHMELING WINNER ON SHARKEY'S FOUL; 80,000 AT TITLE BOUT" with subheads and great inside page reporting with nice photos. Tells of the famous fight that ended on a low blow.

Other news of the day throughout. Rag edition in great condition.

source: wikipedia: Schmeling was born in Klein Luckow in the Province of Pomerania. He debuted as a professional boxer in 1924, and he built a record of 42 wins, 4 losses and 3 draws, before fighting Jack Sharkey for the vacant World Heavyweight Championship in 1930. In between his debut and the championship fight, he fought a two-round exhibition with World Heavyweight Champ Jack Dempsey (whom he strongly resembled), in 1925, at Cologne.

In round 4, Sharkey hit Schmeling with a low blow so severe that Schmeling could not continue. Thus, Schmeling won the world title on a disqualification. He became the first Heavyweight World Champion to win the title on a disqualification, and to this day remains the only one to have won it that way.

In 1931, he made a defense, knocking out Young Stribling in 15 rounds at Cleveland, and in 1932 he and Sharkey met for a rematch. After 15 rounds, Sharkey was declared the winner on points (a very controversial split decision), and Schmeling lost his title. This decision led his manager Joe Jacobs to shout in protest a line that since has become famous: "We was robbed!" Despite efforts to make a third fight happen, the rubber match between Schmeling and Sharkey never took place.

Two months after he lost the title Max Schmeling knocked out Mickey Walker, showing that he was still the world's best heavyweight. That changed in June 1933 when he lost by T.K.O. against later champion Max Baer.

Category: The 20th Century