World Boxing Association

106 years of the birth of Max Baer

By Hilmar Rojas Erazo 11/02/2015

Max Baer Heavyweight Boxing Champion Training, 1933.

Max Baer Heavyweight Boxing Champion Training, 1933. Photo

Today we commemorate 106 years of the birth of the great American boxer, Maximilian Adelbert, better known as Max Baer.

Baer was born in Nebraska, in 1909, and was regarded as pleasant man and was also aggressive in the ring what made him have in his record the death of two opponents, who died after fighting with him. Yes, Baer took education expenses of the children of one of them.

He turned professional in 1929, although won fame and the sympathy of hundreds of followers when beat the legendary German, Max Schmeling, Adolf Hitler’s the favorite, in 1933.

Since then, Baer fought with a Star of David on his pants, as shown solidarity with the suffering of the Jews during those years.

After defeating Schmeling, the American was on the verge to fight the Italian Primo Carnera whom he fought for the world title in 1934 when he defeated the up-to-then champion. He reigned for a year, until James Braddock surprised him.

Besides being a boxer, Baer also tried his luck as an actor. His fame and great life, according to many, affected him in his daily life, also lost made him lose by KO against Joe Louis in 1935.

He made more than 80 fights and retired with a record of 71-13. Baer once said, “I never pretended to be a boxer, but they forced me to get to the top”.

Baer could enter the Hall of Fame in 1968.