King Levinsky Exhibition prefight 1934
16mm Sound Transfer
The New Champion
Max Baer was one of the most colorful and exciting of the heavyweight Champions. The fact that he did not hold the title very long, and lost it out of recklessness to Jim Braddock in 1935 did not darken his legacy as a boxer and personality. Much has been written about Baer’s lack of training, particularly after he lost the title, but I question this notion. It’s certainly true that Baer was a gifted athlete, and his discipline only went so far, but for Max boxing was a means to an end. A fighter with no training discipline would not have won the fights he did again fellow contenders like Tommy Farr, Tony Galento, Pat Comisky, Ben Foord and others until he retired in 1941.