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  • Were gonna start off with Frank Essex. Frank Essex.

  • Take it easy, Petey. Jeez. Frank Essex, Daily News.

  • A lot of reporters here today, a lot of people interested in this fight.

  • What do you got to say to your fans today, Jimmy?

  • I guess I’m grateful for the opportunity.

  • I know that these days not everybody gets a second chance.

  • I have a lot to be grateful for.

  • I have three beautiful, healthy, troublemaking kids.

  • And I have the prettiest wife a man could wish for.

  • Bob Johnson, Boston Globe.

  • Two days ago we ran a story about you giving your relief money back.

  • Can you tell our readers why?

  • I believe we live in a great country.

  • A country that’s great enough to help a man financially when he’s in trouble.

  • But lately I have had some good fortune and I’m back in the black,

  • and I just thought I should return it.

  • Listen, what’s the first thing youre gonna do if you make world champion?

  • First thing? I’m gonna have to go and buy some turtles.

  • I said to the kids when I left the house this morning I was gonna bring back the title,

  • and they thought I said turtle.

  • So, naturally, I don’t wanna letem down.

  • But if I could bring back the title and a turtle, they sure would be tickled.

  • You got that? Title, turtle. Right?

  • - Jake Greenblatt from Chicago Trib. - Hello, Jake.

  • It’s been a while. What’s changed, Jimmy?

  • I mean, you couldn’t win a fight for love or money, right?

  • How do you explain your comeback?

  • The truth is, Jake, for a number of years there, we was fighting injured.

  • I broke my hand. More than once.

  • I got in a car accident one time I was on the road, and I had to get that fixed.

  • Ihad a run of bad luck.

  • And this time around, I know what I’m fighting for.

  • Yeah? What’s that, Jimmy?

  • - Milk. - Milk?

  • - Sporty Lewis, New York Herald. - Sporty.

  • Actually, my question’s for Mrs. Braddock.

  • Mrs. Braddock, my readers would love to know,

  • how do you feel about the fact that Max Baer’s killed two men in the ring?

  • So, how do you feel about that, maam? Are you scared for your husband’s life?

  • She’s scared for Max Baer, is who she’s scared for, Mr. Lewis.

  • How about one more question?

Were gonna start off with Frank Essex. Frank Essex.

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