Synopsis by Betsy Boyd
Sports Illustrated Boxing's Best: Grudge Fights looks at some of the most famous boxing showdowns of the 20th century. The video contains fight footage from the infamous Louis-Schmeling pairing, Ali and Frazier's violent altercations, and others. More than a boxing match, the Louis-Schmeling fight lasted a brief 124 seconds, but its outcome would live as legend. The 1938 rematch between black Joe Louis and German-born Max Schmeling had worldwide implications. It is considered one of the major sports events of the century and the pinnacle of Louis' career. Political differences also intensified action in the Ali-Frazier ring. The two fought 15 vicious, hard-pounding rounds. Controversy over the Vietnam war was raging, and so were these heavyweight enemies.