From the very start of my career, it was clear to me that achievement was built on discipline.
Joe Louis is the hardest puncher that I've ever seen... He's a good man. Anyone who plans on beating him had better know what they're doing.
I had a happy marriage and a nice wife. I accomplished everything you can. What more can you want?
I said to myself, 'You're a man from a humble background, what you didn't learn in school, you'll learn now. Catch up.
Why did I want to win? because I didn't want to lose!
Just imagine if I would have come back to Germany with a victory. I had nothing to do with the Nazis, but they would have given me a medal. After the war I might have been considered a war criminal.
I received a letter from the Reich Ministry of Sports. They want me to split from Joe Jacobs, my manager since 1928.... I really need Joe Jacobs. I owe all my success in America to him.
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