Max Baer vs. James Braddock
June 13, 1935 (Madison Square Garden Bowl, Long Island City)
The fight was boxing at its most primordial, the very essence of a sport still full of surprises.
On June 13, 1935, at Madison Square Garden Bowl in Long Island City, Queens, New York, NYSAC/NBA World heavyweight champion Max Baer, the “Livermore Larruper” from Livermore, California, in the first defense of his title fought 10-1 underdog Jim Braddock, aka the “Cinderella Man,” from North Bergen, New Jersey. Baer was 40-7 coming into the bout. Braddock was 49-25-7. The fight, which was called “the greatest fistic upset since the defeat of John L. Sullivan by Jim Corbett” was scheduled for 15 rounds.