Boxing is one of those special sports that can produce some special people and special characters.

Sometimes.

Sky Sports (hat tip) pointing to one of them this week — who’s birthday it would have been:

Former heavyweight champion Max Schmeling was a tremendous prizefighter but outside the ring, perhaps an even better person.

Oftentimes in life the best things and best deeds people do selflessly for others are hidden.

Many never know the selfless things some people do for others, sometimes to help or save them.

Even when they don’t realize it for a long time after.

This instance here from Roger Mayweather in boxing another instance of such an occurrence.

Schmeling obviously boxed during a very unstable time for the world with the war.

But he was one of the Germans who actually helped the Jews at the time.

It was revealed in 1938 that he had risked his life to save the lives of two Jewish children during the war.

Always helping those less fortunate than himself.

In the ring he was dynamite.

An unbelievable fighter.

The cultural significance of his two fights with Joe Louis given the confilict in the world at the time his most well known:

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