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Max Schmeling vs. Jack Sharkey...

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June 12, 1930

MEMPHIS EVENING APPEAL, Tennessee, June 12, 1930

* Max Schmeling vs. Jack Sharkey
* Heavyweight boxing championship

This 24 page newspaper has a nice six column headline on the front page: "ODDS 2 TO 1 SHARKEY DEFEATS SCHMELING" with subheads. (see) Coverage continues in the sport's section with two nice illustrations of the fighters (see photos). Unusual from such a nice headline on the front page.

Other news of the day including period advertising. Light browning with some margin wear and chipping, little irregular at the spine, otherwise in good condition.

wikipedia notes: 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