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    Louis-Schmeling 1973 Signed Print Joe Louis and Max Schmeling will forever be linked in boxing history. In June, 1936 Schmeling stopped Louis, inflicting the first defeat in the Brown Bomber's career. This was done during the rise of the Nazis in Germany and Schmeling's victory was used to support their racist propaganda and philosophies, views naturally not shared by Max Schmeling. In 1937 Louis defeated Jimmy Braddock to win the Heavyweight Title. This set the stage for one of the most historic fights boxing has ever seen, the rematch between Joe Louis and Max Schmeling. It was held before 80,000 people at Yankee Stadium in New York. There was tremendous political pressure being put on both men by their respective governments, desperately seeking a victory to support the philosophies of the parties in power. This was much more than just a fight. Joe Louis became a hero of not only America, but of all the free world as he stopped Schmeling in the very first round. After the fight these two men remained lifelong friends. In 1973 Sports Illustrated, as part of its Living Legends series, issued a print by artist Bob Peak as a tribute to Joe Louis and Max Schmeling. Presented here is one of the 1500 prints done in 1973 that was signed by Max Schmeling and Joe Louis. Joe Louis signed this print in New York in August, 1973. Max Schmeling signed the print in July, 1973 in Hamburg, Germany. Comes with the original matting issued with the print. The print has good strong color and measures 21" x 25". Signed boldly in pencil along the lower border. In fine condition with no creases, rips, or tears. The mount has a compression in upper left corner. LOAs from James Spence & Steve Grad/PSA DNA and Mike Gutierrez/MGA.

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