Easily my favorite knockout of all time!
After German Max Schmeling defeated an unbeaten Joe Louis (24-0) by 12th round KO, Schmeling became a German national hero. The Nazi officials believed his victory over an African American was proof of their doctrine of Aryan superiority. So after earning 11 straight victories in a 2 year period, Louis was finally granted his rematch at Yankee Stadium in front of 70,000 people. After arriving in New York, Schmeling’s Nazi publicist kept making statements to the press that no black man could ever beat Schmeling, and that when he won the prize money would go to building Nazi tanks.
When the bell rang, Joe “The Brown Bomber” Louis unloaded ferocious attacks that forced Schmeling against the ropes. Once there, he battered him with head and body shots(one kidney shot at 1:19 in, that froze Schmeling). After that Louis continued to inflict as much damage on Schmeling as he could every time he got back to his feet. It didn’t take long from there. After 3 consecutive knock downs, Schmeling was done. After 2 minutes and 4 seconds, Louis finally had his revenge in what would go down as one of the most epic moments in boxing and all of sports history for the 20th century.