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.
Champion boxers were some of the best paid athletes in the world — but the businessmen behind the bouts saw the greatest profits.
By June 1940, Europe was officially at war, as the Germans advanced across northern Europe.
Jack Miley, sports columnist for the New York Daily News, admitted he underestimated Max Schmeling in 1936.