World Boxing News readers can win themselves a copy of the new book on Max Baer – Clown Prince of Boxing.
“That night, Baer showed everything it takes to make a champ – speed, strength, courage and a lethal punch.” – trainer Ray Arcel
They called Max Baer the ‘Clown Prince of Boxing’, but trainer Ray Arcel remembered a night in 1933 when he worked Baer’s corner in one of Max’s greatest triumphs, the night he smashed Max Schmeling to defeat in ten brutal rounds. This clown could fight. A year later, Baer was heavyweight champion of the world, beating Italian giant Primo Carnera.
New York loved the handsome Californian. Broadway was his playground and he was never short of playmates, manager Ancil Hoffman often settling a breach-of-promise suit brought by some leggy blonde showgirl. From a $4-a-day foundry worker, Baer’s rise was rapid. He was a natural for Hollywood, and his radio and vaudeville engagements alone brought in $250,000. He bought so many suits he couldn’t keep track of them; wore a new hat every week; bought a house like a hotel.
Arcel cried like a baby when he read in the New York Times that Max had died from a heart attack in November 1959. Baer was just 50 years old. This is the fascinating story of an iconic boxing figure who achieved so much in a life too short.
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In Max Baer: Clown Prince of Boxing you will discover:
· How Baer came to be world heavyweight champion for 364 glorious days (June 1934-June 1935)
· And how he opened a song-and-dance revue at the Paramount on Broadway, NYC, just a few weeks after winning the title
· His punishing routine, criss-crossing America on a ‘have gloves, will travel’ tour, often travelling in one of his 16-cylinder Duesenberg automobiles, driven by a liveried chauffeur
· The highlight of the show, when Max would go a few rounds with the local hero, mugging to the crowd – only to flatten the contender with one of boxing’s hardest right hands
· Baer’s complete record: In 84 professional contests he won 71, 53 by knockouts
· How he beat fighters such as Ernie Schaaf, King Levinsky, Max Schmeling, Tony Galento, Ben Foord and Tommy Farr
· The great achievement of his induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1995
“There have been many greater fighters than Max Baer but never a greater showman.” – Damon Runyon
John Jarrett is the author of eight boxing books, having written about the sport since 1951. He was a regular contributor to Boxing News and the British Boxing Board of Control Yearbook, and wrote features for the Evening Chronicle (Newcastle) and the Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough). Since 1978 John has been Northern Area Secretary for the British Boxing Board of Control.