The rematch between Louis and Schmeling is one of the most famous boxing matches of all time. Schmeling was a national hero in Germany after his victory against an African American was touted by Nazi officials as proof of their doctrine of Aryan superiority. Schmeling was knocked down three times, and only managed to throw two punches in the entire bout. On the third knockdown, Schmeling’s trainer threw in the towel and referee stopped the fight which lasted two minutes and four seconds. Joe Louis was the new heavyweight champion.