A former cotton mill worker, Bradley began his boxing career at age 12 in Golden Gloves competition. He lost an amateur fight and won the Charlotte Golden Gloves championship in 1933. His boxing career spanned 17 years. He fought more than 300 fights as a featherweight. In 1938, he fought 51 fights to earn his “ironman” reputation. Bradley retired from the ring at the age of 40. Prior to his death, Bradley was quoted as saying, “In the last 25 to 35 years, I’ve been trying to serve the Lord….I wouldn’t want to fight nobody now. I love everybody.”

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