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The real "Cinderella Man" wins the boxing title...



Item # 590779

June 15, 1935

THE BETHLEHEM GLOBE-TIMES, Pennsylvania, June 15, 1935 

* James J Braddock, Cinderella Man 
* Winning World Heavyweight boxing title
 

This 14 page newspaper has one column headlines on page 9: "Braddock's Purse Less Than $20,000", "Baer Is Better Off Without The Title" and more with two related photos (see photos). Coverage on the heavyweight boxing championship fight in which James Braddock pulled out a stunning upset against Max Baer.

Other news, sports and various advertisements of the day throughout. Good condition.

wikipedia notes: In 1934, Braddock was given a fight with the highly touted John "Corn" Griffin. Although Braddock was intended simply as a stepping stone in Griffin's career, he knocked out the "Ozark Cyclone" in the third round. Braddock then fought John Henry Lewis, a future light heavyweight champion. He won in one of the most important fights of his career. After defeating another highly regarded heavyweight contender, Art Lasky, whose nose he broke during the bout on March 22, 1935, Braddock was given a title fight against the World Heavyweight Champion, Max Baer.

Considered little more than a journeyman fighter, Braddock was hand-picked by Baer's handlers because he was seen as an easy payday for the champion.[citation needed] Instead, on June 13, 1935, at Madison Square Garden Bowl, Braddock won the heavyweight championship of the world as the 10-to-1 underdog in one of the most stunning upsets in boxing history. Baer admitted afterwards that he had underestimated Braddock as "a chump."[citation needed]

During the fight, a dogged Braddock took a few heavy hits from the powerful younger champion (30 years vs 26 years for Baer), but Braddock kept coming, wearing down Baer, who seemed perplexed by Braddock's ability to take a punch. In the end, the judges gave Braddock the title with a unanimous decision.
James Braddock suffered from problems with his arthritic hands after injuries throughout his career, and in 1936 his title defense in Madison Square Garden against the German Max Schmeling was cancelled under suspicious circumstances. Braddock argued he would have received only a US$25,000 purse against Schmeling, compared to $250,000 against rising star Joe Louis. It was also likely that Braddock's manager, Joe Gould, did not want a potential German victory to be used as Nazi propaganda.

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