On this day: June 13

On this day in sport, James Braddock stunned the boxing world by claiming the heavyweight championship and Sue Barker won her first and only grand slam.

Braddock defeats Max Baer


On June 13 in the year 1935, Braddock, who was considered little more than a journeyman fighter, shocked the world by beating Baer via unanimous decision to claim the heavyweight championship.

Despite being hit hard on numerous occasions, Braddock kept coming and forced the fight to go the distance and in the end he did enough to earn the decision from the judges.

Braddock, who was 30-years-old at the time, was listed as a 10/1 outsider for the fight, which is often referred to as the greatest upset in the sport since the defeat of John Sullivan by Jim Corbett.

Barker’s one and only grand slam triumph


On June 13 in the year 1976, at the age of just 20, Barker stormed to the Roland Garros title by beating Renáta Tomanová in the final 6-2, 0-6, 6-2. That would be the Briton’s first and only grand slam title of her career.

The best she ever managed at Wimbledon was the semi-finals in 1977. However, the pressure that came from an expectant home crowd proved to be too much for Barker.

Sporting birthdays:

1951: Mike Weaver,American boxer
1970: Chris Cairns, New Zealand cricketer
1980: Darius Vassell, English footballer