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Cinderella Man, Million$ Baby, Real History, Max Baer and murder in the ring
"Campbell was definitely killed by Baer in the ring.
During the 2nd round, Campbell half punched/shoved Baer to the canvas, and the referee waved Campbell to a neutral corner so Baer could be given a count. But, Baer didn't take the count, rushed over to the neutral corner, and while Campbell was looking ringside, landed a devastating cheap shot to Campbell's head. It was a clear and intentional foul nearly as sickening as the one in Million Dollar Baby.Perhaps worse, was the brutal salvo of punches Baer unleashed against Campbell's unprotected jaw during the 5th round, when Campbell was knocked senseless, in a corner, and unable to fall down because of the ropes.
Baer was arrested for manslaughter and a grand jury was convened to investigate Campbell's death. Manslaughter charges were dismissed, but the jury excoriated Baer "...for unsportsmanlike conduct combined with a viciousness with which he boasted."
The California State Athletic Commission placed Baer on suspension for one year. There was one exclusion -- Baer could fight in a benefit match to raise money for Campbell's widow and son. The fight raised $15,000 which was donated entirely to Campbell's family.
It's been said that Baer was deeply traumatized and forever haunted by Campbell's death. Maybe, but it would have been better if he hadn't so savagely beaten Campbell to death in the first place."
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