Fame Of The Cinderella Man

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Register to read the introduction… Braddock was forced to labor on the docks of Hoboken. His manager, Joe Gould, was the only one who still believed in him. Joe Gould found fights for Braddock to help feed his wife and children. Braddock was at his worst when finally things started getting better, he had a major comeback. That’s when Damon Runyon gave Braddock his nickname the “Cinderella Man”. He was given the nickname because of his fairytale like rise to a poor local fighter to the boxing champion of the world. In October of 1934, Braddock had been given the lucky opportunity to fight John Griffin who was also known as Corn. Everyone was amazed and John Griffin was very upset when Braddock knocked him out in the third round.
June 13th of 1935, was the day James Braddock fought Max Baer for the name of the heavyweight champion. Before the fight Baer said “I don’t want to fight The Cinderella Man because I’m so scared I will kill him.” Everyone thought for sure Braddock was too old and couldn’t win against Baer. After a heartbreaking 15 rounds James J. Braddock won the heavyweight championship and became the heavyweight champion for two years. Braddock proved every single person wrong that ever underestimated
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The arthritis got so bad that it continued to grow up his left side. That’s when Braddock decided it was finally time to retire. He had one last victory before he retired when he won the fight against Tommy Farr in 1938. Braddock made it into the Hudson County Hall of Fame in 1991. “It’s been said that one of the traits of the Irish was survival, and James Braddock demonstrated that in life, as well as in the boxing ring,” said Robert Cassidy. James Braddock’s natural talent and successful boxing career led him to great success and fame.

Works Cited
“I don’t want to fight James Braddock because I’m so scared I will kill him.”
(“The Cinderella Man” Ebscohost 4)

“It’s been said that one of the traits of the Irish was survival, and James Braddock demonstrated that in life, and in the boxing ring.”
(“James J. Braddock The Real ‘Cinderella’ Story” Robert Cassidy)

“After Braddock’s boxing comeback he returned all of the welfare money he received. Also he made several donations to various Catholic Worker Houses and fed the homeless.”
(“The Pride of the Irish” Admin)
Howard, Ron. (2005). The Cinderella Man. New York: Imagine Entertainment.

Schaap, Jeremy. (2005, May 24). Clock strikes midnight for Cinderella. Daily News.

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