On This Date 6/22/1937

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Midnight comes for the Cinderella Man James Braddock, who is knocked out by Joe Louis in his only title defense for the undisputed heavyweight championship in the eighth round at Chicago’s Comiskey Park. Braddock had become the inspiration for millions after stunning Max Baer two years earlier. Just one year before the Baer fight, James Braddock was unable to fight due to a damaged hand and was living in poverty due to an injured hand. His story would later become the inspiration for an award-winning movie.

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