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Muy Grande Great: The Story of Battling Shaw

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There was perhaps no harder period to make it big in boxing than in the early 1930s. There was no shortage of men who could fight, partly because of the Great Depression, and partly because of the boxing boom of the 1920s, when youngsters, looking to become the next Jack Dempsey, took up fighting in record numbers. The weak were culled from the ranks, and only the hardest of men prospered—and to succeed in those days meant going from town to town, traveling by rail, fighting all-too frequently, and often burning out while chasing the dream. And so it is that the following line is a significant accomplishment: 1933 Feb. 20 Battling Shaw (M) w.pts.10 Johnny Jadick, New Orleans, U.S.A. Clink link above for more from The Cruelest Sport.

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