Trace(s): Max "Killer" Baer and the Final Night at Denman Arena
1936: The man who thrilled Depression era crowds, boxing champ Max Baer, duked it out in Denman Arena
In their day, Denman Arena and Auditorium were the scenes of great boxing spectacles. No one was more of a crowd pleaser than charismatic former heavyweight champ, Max “Killer” Baer (aka Livermore Larupper). In a 1936 comeback attempt, he fought 18 bouts across the west, including some August 19 rounds in Vancouver, against James “Jellyfish” Walsh, local boy Sonny Buxton and his brother Jacob “Buddy” Baer. Must have been hot in there, later that night the Arena burned to the ground.
From the City of Vancouver Archives and the Vancouver Public Library
Written by: John Wellwood
Researched and Edited by: John Wellwood and Todd Smith
Visual Design: Todd Smith
Voice Over: Todd Smith