Cinderella Man – The Real James Braddock Story

Many know the name James Braddock from the 2005 film Cinderella Man which starred Russell Crowe. Braddock was a former heavyweight boxer who defied the odds by defeating Max Baer to become champion of the world. He overcame injuries, poverty, and daunting odds in one of the greatest upsets in the history of the sport. If there was ever an example of perseverance in the face of hardship, Braddock’s story would be at the top of the list.

The video below includes a full length documentary that is dedicated to Braddock’s amazing comeback. It is well worth a look whether you are familiar with his story or not.


“The real glory is being knocked to your knees and then coming back. That’s real glory. Thats the essence of it.” ― Vince Lombardi

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  1. Braddock was really nothing more than a blown up light heavyweight, and only weighed above 190lbs for his last three fights against Baer, Louis, and Tommy Farr. Although the same height as Baer at 6’2 1/2″, Braddock conceded 16lbs to the naturally bigger man. Baer also had tremendous punching power that some rank just a tad below or even equal to people like Dempsey, Louis, Marciano, and others. He had knocked the huge Carnera to the canvas 11 times in 11 rounds and had scored numerous early round knockouts. He was almost like a old school George Foreman. Baer was younger, bigger, more powerful, and peaking, while Braddock was smaller, older, and considered past it. Even made a respectful showing defending his title against Louis, evening flooring Louis before being stopped in the eighth round. Louis would go on to say Braddock was the bravest man he ever fought. Braddock trained for the fight of his life against Baer, while Baer trained little and clowned away his title to the deserving Braddock. Braddock the classic overachiever upsets the classic underachiever Baer.

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