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Max Schmeling Wins Over Jack Sharkey In 1930...

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June 13, 1930

MEMPHIS EVENING APPEAL, Memphis, Tennessee, June 13, 1930 

* Max Schmeling vs. Jack Sharkey
* Heavyweight boxing championship
* Famous foul - punch below the belt

This 30 page newspaper has a banner headline on page 22: "Schmeling Disconsolate, Disgusted With His Victory; TUNNEY DECLARES FINISHING BLOW WAS UNINTENTIONALLY FOUL" with subheads and related photo.

Other news, sports and advertisements of the day. Light browning, little margin wear and chipping, otherwise good.

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