Top Ten Sports miracles 05

Top Ten Sports miracles 05

5. Cinderella Man

While "Cinderella Man," the movie, demonized boxing champ Max Baer and sentimentalized the Great Depression, the Cinderella Man himself does not need any embellishment. James Braddock's early successes as a boxer earned him a shot at the heavyweight title in 1929. But Braddock lost the bout, which was the first of many losses in and out of the ring: as The Depression set in, Braddock suffered a series of poor boxing performances and soon was fighting just to feed his family. In 1934, an all-but-defeated Braddock scored a couple upset victories and was given a chance to fight Baer, the heavyweight champion of the world. Baer was supposed to score an easy win, and at times it looked like he would--but the Cinderella Man refused to back down. Against all odds, Braddock simply out-boxed Baer, and won a 15-round unanimous decision.


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