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Braddock, James Joseph

Born: 1905 AD
Died: 1974 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Boxer

1905 – James Walter Braddock was born in Hell’s Kitchen in New York City on the 7th of June.

1928 – He pulled off a major upset by knocking out highly regarded Tuffy Griffiths.

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 (and friend of future heavyweight champion Joe Louis) who had previously defeated Braddock.

1935 – After defeating another highly regarded heavyweight contender, Art Lasky, whose nose he broke during the bout on the 22nd of March, Braddock was given a title fight against the World Heavyweight Champion, Max Baer.

         – On the 13th of June, 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.

1936 – Jim Braddock suffered from problems with his arthritic hands after injuries throughout his career, and his title defense in Madison Square Garden against the German Max Schmeling was cancelled in suspicious circumstances.

1942 – Jim and manager Joe Gould both enlisted into the U.S. Army, where they became first lieutenants.

1974 – On his passing at the age of 69, James W. Braddock was interred in the Mount Carmel Cemetery in Tenafly, New Jersey, he died on the 29th of November.