The U.S. Olympic committee was threatening to spoil the party by boycotting the 1936 Olympic games. Hitler looked to Germany's best known international athlete, Max Schmeling, for help.
Hitler won supporters by speaking out against the post-WWI terms that had punished Germany.
Boxers Joe Louis and Max Schmeling were connected to some very well-known people.
When Schmeling saw a film of a heavyweight championship fight in his early teenage years, he was hooked.