Re: Joe Louis's resume is very poor
My own take is that Schmeling had next to no foot movement. He had no choice but to be right in front of Baer. Fighters like Walcott and Charles could punch, and also could step around a bit. I think most likely they outpoint Baer easily.
Baer beating Schmeling was partially due to Baer's strengths, but also partially due to Schmeling's weakness in footwork.