New York zur Zeit der großen Depression. Dies ist die Geschichte von Jim Braddock, der anfängt, Boxen zu machen, um Geld zu verdienen und seine Familie zu ernähren. Schließlich geht er gegen den max-Baer-Champion, der bekannt ist, dass er zwei Menschen im Ring getötet hat.
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Set in New York in the Depression, this is the story of Jim Braddock, who takes up boxing to make money to feed his family, and eventually goes up against champ Max Baer, notorious for having killed two men in the ring.
James J. Braddock, born in New York City, was known locally for his thunderous right hand and successful amateur boxing career. After turning professional, he defeated foe after foe, and his rapid rise from obscurity earnt him the nickname, the Cinderella Man. He was given a shot at the world light heavyweight title against champion Tommy Loughran in 1929, but lost in a 15–round decision. Following that defeat and the stock market crash of 1929, Jim Braddock struggled to win fights and provide for his young family.