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The First Match The Rematch June 19, 1936 | Yankee Stadium, New York
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Clem McCarthy and Ed Hill exchange closing thoughts. (4:07)

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Audio recordings of the Joe Louis vs. Max Schmeling boxing matches are the copyrighted material of Cayton Sports, Inc. and are provided courtesy of Cayton Sports, Inc.

Joe Louis on the canvas after being hit by Schmeling

Audio Transcript

Ed Hill:
Now they've got Joe up from his chair. He's got a towel around his head. He's being supported by his second, Roxborough, Black and others. They're about to lead him from the ring, just about how you would lead a hurt child. Joe turned his face one moment and there's a look of dazed surprise on it, as if he can't quite understand what just happened to him. As if he couldn't believe that this thing had come true. All right, Clem.

Clem McCarthy:
Ed Hill, I don't know whether in this excitement you've had time to tell them, but I know that you realized, that this is one of the greatest upsets in the history of the heavyweight divisions. Only three days ago I heard so-called experts on boxing offer to lay ten, twelve to one that Joe Louis would win. They wanted to bet four to one that he would win by a knockout and two to one that he would win in five rounds. And I was asked by so many people, "What do you think of this fight?" and now I am very happy that I refused to give an opinion, contending only that anything can happen in a fight, and it happened here tonight. Schmeling put up by far the grandest fight that we have seen by Schmeling since he first came to America and everybody thought that he was the next Jack Dempsey. Tonight he was a fighter. He put away his boxing and he stepped in there and gambled on his right hand. He kept shooting it, shooting it, shooting it. He found he could take everything that Joe Louis shot at him with that left hand. Joe Louis' lefts and rights failed to paralyze Max Schmeling tonight. And Max kept on taking them, and took them one after another, and soon as he discovered he could take them, he started bombarding with right hands. And soon he discovered that Louis was not doing so well at taking those right hands and then he shot them with more confidence than ever. And Schmeling as he just told you, I hope you caught it over the radio in all that confusion, Schmeling said that he first felt sure of victory in the fourth round. And I don't doubt that for one moment because at early in the fight he had Louis rocking, his legs wobbling two or three times. I must say, that up until that final knockout punch, the usual hard right to the jaw that landed flush, that Louis was taking the punishment gamely, doing everything in his power to come back, but it was an attack that he couldn't seemingly understand and his legs would not take it. And finally he just went down from the sheer bombardment of punishment. Come on Ed Hill.

Ed Hill:
They're out of the ring, both boys on their way to the dressing room. Max apparently about as strong leaving the ring, just about as strong as he went in. One of the most astonishing exhibitions of stamina and endurance from a man of his pugilistic experience -- he's been fighting twelve to fifteen years -- that I have ever seen. But it seems to me, perhaps, as one of the closing notes in this little description of the fight, of the scene, to refer again to the excellent match sportsmanship of this crowd. Not once all the way through was there an unpleasant or an ugly demonstration. The entire fight was beautifully conducted by the New York State Athletic Commission, or the boxing commission, as we call it. It was accurately and fairly and properly refereed by Arthur Donovan. The men, as I have already said, both Max and Joe, were sportsman-like with each other although they made some mistakes, and all-in-all I think it was one of the most successful heavyweight fights we have had in the annals of the pugilistic games. And so, The Buick Company thanks you for your attention, and another chapter is completed in the records of fistiana.

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