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HALL OF FAME FLIES FLAGS AT HALF-STAFF FOR
HALL OF FAMER MAX SCHMELING


    CANASTOTA, NY - FEBRUARY 4, 2005 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced its flags will fly at half-staff in memory of heavyweight champion Max Schmeling. He passed away Wednesday, February 2, at the age of 99.

Born in Klein Luckaw, Brandenburg, Germany on September 28, 1905, Schmeling turned pro in his native land in 1924. He won the German and European light heavyweight championships and German heavyweight championship before defeating Hall of Famer Jack Sharkey for the vacant world crown in 1930. After successfully defending his title against Young Stribling, Schmeling lost the 1932 rematch to Sharkey. In 1936, Schmeling scored a 12th round knockout over then unbeaten Joe Louis. In the rematch two years later, Louis, who won the world title in 1937, scored a 1st round knockout. Schmeling continued to box until 1948 when he retired with a 56-10-4 record. After retiring from the ring, Schmeling worked for many years for Coca-Cola in Germany.

"Max Schmeling was one of Germany's biggest sports heroes and a true legend to his many fans the world over," said Hall of Fame Executive Director Edward Brophy. "He will be missed."

In 1992, Schmeling was elected into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
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