(5) Joe Louis would prove to be triumphant in his rematch against German fighter Max Schmeling . Considered rivals at the height of their respective careers . It was the “fog of war” and the looming appearance of the country having to enter WWII that brought about much of the seething vitriol and xenophobia aimed Schmeling . The two ring rivals would end up being close friend , right up until the time Louis’ death , which Max Schmeling who had become a wealthy industrialist would come his friend’s financial aid as well as attending his funeral 1981. REUTER?Thomson Inc …….