The film also dwells on the way Braddock, played by Russell Crowe, gave hope to the downtrodden during the Depression, by working his way back out of the bread lines. It was probably the worst heavyweight fight in championship history, Sugar said. The cookie is set by GDPR cookie consent to record the user consent for the cookies in the category "Functional". He had seen electricity cut off in the winter and his children fall sick because of the cold. But as times became more difficult, they wound up in a basement apartment for $25 a month. So Jim Braddock could train for future fights. Braddock passed away on November 29, 1974 at the age of 69. document.write('