The SCHMELING-STRIBLING FIGHT was the first heavyweight championship match waged in Cleveland, and the first sporting event to take place in the newly completed
During the match Schmeling bided his time until Stribling slowed up, and then delivered a staggering right-hand punch in the 9th round. In the 10th round, Schmeling decked his opponent, who regained his footing by the 9 count, but the referee declared Schmeling the victor. The Cleveland fight was the summit of Stribling's career, as he died from injuries received in a motorcycle accident in 1933.
Grabowski, John J. Sports in Cleveland: An Illustrated History (1992).