June 13, 1935: Braddock vs Baer

“I thought I could lick Baer. I thought I can outpoint him. They never gave me a chance. But he was just another opponent and I was in there to fight him.”

Ring Magazine Cover - James J. Braddock and Max Baer

“I knew from the start that I could lick him. I seen Tommy Loughran lick him in the Garden and I boxed Tommy and I knew what kind of boxer he was and I said to myself, if I ever fought Baer I’d do the same thing Loughran done with him, the left hand and move…”

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“Oh, yeah, he landed. Dynamite puncher. If he hit you right, he’d knock you out in the third row. In my opinion, the guy was a harder puncher than Louis. Louis was a faster puncher and he hit you more punches, but Baer was a guy that could hurt you.”

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“He hit me a couple of times and I said, ‘Is that as hard as you can punch?’ So that took a little bit out of him. Around the eighth round I said, ‘Hey, Max, you better get going. You’re way behind.'”      — James J. Braddock, in Peter Heller’s In This Corner   

One thought on “June 13, 1935: Braddock vs Baer

  • February 10, 2015 at 6:41 pm
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    Cinderella Man! One night, one fight, one chance is all you need in this brutal sport. Lee Wylie quit teasing us and drop that Willie Pep already!!

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