In a career spanning 11 years and 10 months, Max Baer fought 81 times with 68 wins and 13 losses. By his last professional fight on April 4, 1941, Baer's boxing record stood at 68-13 (51 KO wins, 3 KO losses).
Max Baer was an American professional boxer. He was born in Omaha, Nebraska, U.S. on February 11, 1909. Baer made his professional boxing debut at the age of 20 on May 16, 1929. He was a heavyweight world champion. He died on November 21, 1959 at the age of 50 years. Baer is a Hall of Famer.
|Total Title Wins||3|
|Title-Fight KO Wins||1|
|Losses via KO||3|
|81||Apr 4, 1941||32||Lou Nova||Loss||TKO8|
|80||Sep 26, 1940||31||Pat Comiskey||Win||TKO1|
|79||Jul 2, 1940||31||Tony Galento||Win||RTD7|
|78||Sep 18, 1939||30||Babe Ritchie||Win||KO2|
|77||Sep 4, 1939||30||Big Ed Murphy||Win||KO1|
|76||Jun 1, 1939||30||Lou Nova||Loss||TKO11|
|75||Oct 26, 1938||29||Hank Hankinson||Win||KO1|
|74||Mar 11, 1938||29||Tommy Farr||Win||UD|
|73||May 27, 1937||28||Ben Foord||Win||TKO9|
|72||Apr 15, 1937||28||Tommy Farr||Loss||PTS|
|71||Oct 19, 1936||27||Dutch Weimer||Win||KO2|
|70||Oct 8, 1936||27||Willie Davies||Loss||PTS|
|69||Oct 6, 1936||27||Tim Charles||Win||KO4|
|68||Sep 21, 1936||27||Andy Miller||Win||NWS|
|67||Sep 14, 1936||27||Bearcat Wright||Win||NWS|
|66||Sep 7, 1936||27||Cowboy Sammy Evans||Win||KO3|
|65||Sep 4, 1936||27||Cyclone Lynch||Win||KO3|
|64||Sep 2, 1936||27||Al Gaynor||Win||KO1|
|63||Aug 31, 1936||27||Don Baxter||Win||KO1|
|62||Aug 29, 1936||27||Al Frankco||Win||KO2|
|61||Aug 25, 1936||27||Cecil Myart||Win||PTS|
|60||Aug 24, 1936||27||Nails Gorman||Win||TKO3|
|59||Jul 24, 1936||27||Bob Williams||Win||KO1|
|58||Jul 17, 1936||27||Cecil Smith||Win||PTS|
|57||Jul 16, 1936||27||Junior Munsell||Win||KO5|
|56||Jul 13, 1936||27||James Merriott||Win||KO2|
|55||Jul 2, 1936||27||Buck Rogers||Win||KO3|
|54||Jun 24, 1936||27||Wilson Dunn||Win||TKO3|
|53||Jun 23, 1936||27||George Brown||Win||TKO4|
|52||Jun 19, 1936||27||Harold Murphy||Win||PTS|
|51||Jun 17, 1936||27||Bob Fraser||Win||TKO2|
|50||Jun 15, 1936||27||Tony Souza||Win||PTS|
|49||Sep 24, 1935||26||Joe Louis||Loss||KO4|
|48||Jun 13, 1935||26||James J. Braddock||Loss||UD|
|47||Jun 14, 1934||25||Primo Carnera||Win||TKO11|
|46||Jun 8, 1933||24||Max Schmeling||Win||TKO10|
|45||Sep 26, 1932||23||Tuffy Griffiths||Win||TKO7|
|44||Aug 31, 1932||23||Ernie Schaaf||Win||MD|
|43||Jul 4, 1932||23||King Levinsky||Win||PTS|
|42||May 11, 1932||23||Walter Cobb||Win||TKO4|
|41||Apr 26, 1932||23||Paul Swiderski||Win||TKO6|
|40||Feb 22, 1932||23||Tom Heeney||Win||PTS|
|39||Jan 29, 1932||22||King Levinsky||Win||UD|
|38||Dec 30, 1931||22||Arthur De Kuh||Win||PTS|
|37||Nov 23, 1931||22||Les Kennedy||Win||KO3|
|36||Nov 9, 1931||22||Johnny Risko||Win||PTS|
|35||Oct 21, 1931||22||Santa Camarão||Win||KO10|
|34||Sep 23, 1931||22||Jack Van Noy||Win||TKO8|
|33||Jul 4, 1931||22||Paulino Uzcudun||Loss||PTS|
|32||May 5, 1931||22||Johnny Risko||Loss||UD|
|31||Apr 7, 1931||22||Ernie Owens||Win||KO2|
|30||Feb 6, 1931||21||Tommy Loughran||Loss||UD|
|29||Jan 16, 1931||21||Tom Heeney||Win||KO3|
|28||Dec 19, 1930||21||Ernie Schaaf||Loss||UD|
|27||Aug 25, 1930||21||Frankie Campbell||Win||TKO5|
|26||Aug 11, 1930||21||KO Christner||Win||KO2|
|25||Jul 15, 1930||21||Les Kennedy||Loss||PTS|
|24||Jun 25, 1930||21||Ernie Owens||Win||KO5|
|23||Jun 11, 1930||21||Buck Weaver||Win||KO1|
|22||May 28, 1930||21||Jack Linkhorn||Win||KO1|
|21||May 7, 1930||21||Tom Toner||Win||TKO6|
|20||Apr 22, 1930||21||Ernie Owens||Win||PTS|
|19||Apr 9, 1930||21||Jack Stewart||Win||KO2|
|18||Jan 29, 1930||20||Tiny Abbott||Win||KO6|
|17||Jan 15, 1930||20||Tiny Abbott||Loss||DQ|
|16||Dec 30, 1929||20||Tony Fuente||Win||KO1|
|15||Dec 4, 1929||20||Chet Shandel||Win||KO2|
|14||Nov 20, 1929||20||Tillie Taverna||Win||KO2|
|13||Nov 6, 1929||20||Natie Brown||Win||PTS|
|12||Oct 30, 1929||20||Alex Rowe||Win||KO1|
|11||Oct 16, 1929||20||Chief Caribou||Win||TKO1|
|10||Oct 2, 1929||20||George Carroll||Win||TKO1|
|9||Sep 25, 1929||20||Frank Rudzenski||Win||KO3|
|8||Sep 4, 1929||20||Jack McCarthy||Loss||DQ|
|7||Aug 8, 1929||20||Al Red Ledford||Win||KO2|
|6||Jul 31, 1929||20||Benny Hill||Win||PTS|
|5||Jul 24, 1929||20||Benny Hill||Win||PTS|
|4||Jul 18, 1929||20||Al Red Ledford||Win||KO1|
|3||Jul 4, 1929||20||Tillie Taverna||Win||KO1|
|2||Jun 6, 1929||20||Sailor Leeds||Win||TKO1|
|1||May 16, 1929||20||Chief Caribou||Win||TKO2|
Max Baer's professional boxing career spanned more than 11 years — from 1929 to 1941.
Baer made his debut against Chief Caribou at the age of 20 on May 16, 1929, defeating Caribou via 2nd round TKO. He went on to win 6 more consecutive fights after the debut, which included 4 wins via stoppage.
Baer had his first world title fight at the age of 25 on June 14, 1934 after 46 professional fights, against Primo Carnera for the heavyweight NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring titles. He defeated Carnera via 11th round TKO to become the heavyweight champion of the world.
Baer won one world title at heavyweight. For all the details about Baer's world title wins and defenses refer to "Max Baer World Titles".
Max Baer had a total of 13 losses in his professional boxing career — one of them in a title bout and 12 in non-title bouts. He suffered his first loss against Jack McCarthy via 3 round DQ on September 4, 1929. He was stopped three times and lost 10 times via decision. For more details about these defeats, refer to "All of Max Baer's losses".
His last professional fight was a non-title rematch against Lou Nova at 32 years of age, on April 4, 1941. Baer lost the fight via 8th round TKO.
Baer retired from professional boxing with a record of 68-13, which included 51 knockout wins and 3 losses via knockout, and 1 title win. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF) in 1995.
Max Baer fought a total of 81 times during his professional career. He put on some very good performances in these fights. These two fights are the highlight of his career.
The first remarkable big fight in Max Baer's career. A 24-year old Baer (38-7, 28 KO) faced Max Schmeling on June 8, 1933. Schmeling was 27 years old with a record of 45-5-3. Schmeling was on a one-fight win streak with 31 KO wins. Baer was the taller of the two by 4 cms and also had a 13 cm reach advantage.
Baer defeated Schmeling via 10th round TKO.
A 25-year old Max Baer (39-7, 29 KO) faced Primo Carnera, who was 27 years old with a record of 78-6. Carnera was on a 18-fight win streak with 63 KO wins, and was the taller of the two by 9 cms and also had a 10 cm reach advantage over Baer.
Baer defeated Carnera via 11th round TKO to win the NBA, NYSAC, and Ring Magazine heavyweight titles.
Some of Baer's best wins were against Max Schmeling, Primo Carnera, Tony Galento, Ben Foord, Tuffy Griffiths, Tom Heeney, and Frankie Campbell.
Baer knocked out 51 of his 81 opponents. By his last fight, his KO ratio was at 63%. Of his total 68 wins, 51 of them were via KO (75%).
Baer had 13 losses. Lou Nova, Tommy Farr, Willie Davies, Joe Louis, and James J. Braddock are some of the boxers who have beaten Baer.