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|James Walter Braddock|
|Real name||James Walter Braddock|
|Nickname(s)||Bulldog of Bergen
Pride of the Irish
Pride of New Jersey
|Height||6 ft 2 1⁄2 in (1.89 m)|
|Reach||75 in (191 cm)|
|Birthday/Birthplace||(1905-06-07)June 7, 1905
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Deceased||November 29, 1974(1974-11-29)
North Bergen, New Jersey, U.S.
|Wins by KO||25|
James J Braddock’s Biography
Born in New York in the bosom of a poor Irish family. After a successful amateur career Braddock became a professional at age 21, fighting in the light heavyweight category. Three years later in 1929, his performances gave him the opportunity to fight for the championship, but lost by a narrow margin against Tommy Loughran by decision in a 15 round bout. This was followed by another fight against Maxie Rosenbloom and in the next six years he had to work to live while the Great Depression took place and the opportunities to earn money in the boxing business were limited for most mid-level boxers.
In 1934, due to a last-minute cancellation, Braddock was offered the opportunity to fight against John “Corn” Griffin. Although it was supposed to be another step in Griffin’s ascent, Braddock scored an unexpected victory. He then defeated another respected contender, John Henry Lewis; and in March 1935 he defeated Art Lasky, who earned him the consideration of being the top contender in the world championship and got a title fight against World Heavyweight Champion, Max Baer.
Considered nothing more than an experienced fighter, Braddock was chosen by Baer agents because it was seen as an easy payoff for the champion in his first defense of the title. Baer paid almost no attention to his physical preparation for the fight, and in one of boxing’s biggest surprises, on June 13, 1935, in Long Island City, New York, Braddock won the world heavyweight championship. The fight showed a tenacious Braddock receiving heavy blows from the champion, but continued until he beat Baer. The judges gave Braddock the title by unanimous decision, taking into account the discount of points made to the champion Baer for throwing non-regulatory punches. But Braddock was not successful in defending his crown even once.
Braddock suffered hand problems after several injuries and in 1936 his title defense at Madison Square Garden against German Max Schmeling had to be canceled. When he was ready to fight, Braddock, 32, chose to defend his title against then 23-year-old star Joe Louis. Realizing that Louis would be a big favorite and being a shrewd businessman, Braddock negotiated an agreement through which he would receive 10% of Louis’ future profits over the next ten years. Braddock knocked down Louis in the first round in his bout on June 22, 1937, but Louis recovered and dominated the fight by winning by stopping in the eighth round.
Braddock fought once again in 1938, winning points against Tommy Farr, but time had taken its toll and, wisely, he retired. After his retirement, Jim and his agent Joe Gould enlisted in 1942 where they became lieutenants and before the war ended Braddock served on the island of Saipan. In 1954, he was awarded the James J. Walker Award in recognition of his long and meritorious service to boxing.
At his death, in 1974 in New Jersey, Braddock was buried at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Englewood, New Jersey, leaving behind a fifty-one-victory mark in eighty-five bouts. He died while he was sleeping.
Braddock was inducted into the Ring Boxing Hall of Fame in 1964, the Hudson County Hall of Fame in 1991, and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2001. A park in the city of North Bergen, New Jersey, carries his name in his honor.
James J. Braddock Net Worth – $100 Thousand
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