Training for Humez, Bubi, who is, no longer a natural middleweight, had trouble getting down to the 160-pound limit. Breakfasts were a glass of red wine with an egg in it. He got nothing else until 5 p.m. when he had a steak and green salad.
With but five losses in 102 professional fights, Humez is still no one's darling. He is quite unlike Bubi. An ex-miner, he looks it. He has a receding hairline, and his ears and nose are clearly those of a prizefighter. And in boxing style he is quite the opposite of Scholz, who fights from a straight-up, classic stance and is a lightning counterpuncher. Humez' stance is crablike. He is a stalking, aggressive infighter.
The fight took place in the huge, 100,000-seat stadium built for the 1936 Olympics. About 30,000 persons were crowded into tiers at one end. Humez was greeted by a tight claque of French soldiers, but they were drowned out by the rest of the crowd chanting "Bubi, Bubi, Bubi."
As always in the first round of a fight, Bubi was pale and nervous. But in the second round Bubi opened the Frenchman's nose, which bled badly for the rest of the fight, and as the rounds passed it became apparent that, probably because he had trouble breathing, Humez was tiring. By the eighth round Bubi had become the aggressor and chased Humez about the ring. In rounds 10 and 11 Humez tried desperately with wild, ineffective charges, and Bubi just loved them. He counterpunched savagely, and in the 12th round he punched Humez at will. Fifteen seconds before the end of the 12th, Humez just turned his back and walked away, not out, but completely defeated. From his corner a towel floated into the ring.
Even in Hitler's day the stadium had not heard such shouting. After the fight the audience lighted matches twice, forming a wonderful band of color across the east end of the stadium. This is a special Berlin method of congratulation.
"I quit," said Humez in his dressing room. "It's no use any more."
But Bubi and his manager were planning to leave for New York to talk over with the International Boxing Club the possibility of a title fight with Sugar Ray Robinson.