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Norris started talking. He said Jacobs was here to sign me for a fight with Max Schmeling. Jacobs said "You got that farm up there in Minnesota. You can make more money on this one fight than you could make on that farm the rest of your life."
He said "You do business with us and you'll be taken care of." I said "What do you mean do business?" Then Norris said to me, "You'll have to take a dive, lose the fight by a knockout." I told him, "Jim, I've never been even knocked off my feet in my life." He said, "All you got to do is keep going down. You don't have to take counts. Keep getting up and they'll stop it." He said, "I want you to be in good shape, I don't want you to get hurt."
Jacobs said I'd make at least $65,000. He said I and Schmeling could split the gate. They figured they'd fill up the Garden. Norris and I were splitting 50-50, so he'd get half of that. We signed the contract there. Part of the deal was that I also was to fight Jim Adamick in the Garden in February, and was to carry him for 10 rounds. The deal was that I was to lose to Schmeling, carry Adamick, and was to get a shot at Louis, and the Louis fight was to be on the up and up. If I beat Louis I got another shot at Schmeling.
So all three contracts were signed right there. After all that talk about big money I figured I could lick anybody in the world.
From the Drake we drove up the Outer Drive to a north side hotel. Arthur Wirtz' secretary put the notary seals on the contracts. I don't remember her name, I think she was a tall, dark girl.
I'd like to say so people can know, I don't like to say things about people when they are dead. They can't defend themselves. But I brought it up in 1939, and they could defend themselves then.
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