Schmeling was such an underdog in his first (1936) match with Louis that the Nazi government had no comments on the possibility of a victory.
David Margolick (writer): (on the boxers' relationship many years after their careers were over) I think they were barely friends, that they barely knew another. They spent only 40 minutes together in the ring. But history tied these two men together.
B. Goodman won a Writers Guild of America Award for this episode.
This episode won an Emmy (Direction in a Documentary Program).