Marcel Cerdan

Marcel Cerdan
Marcel Cerdan.jpg
Cerdan in 1948
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Real name Marcellin Cerdan
Nickname(s) Le bombardier marocain (The Moroccan Bomber)
Casablanca Clouter
Weight(s) Middleweight
Nationality French
Born 22 July 1916
Sidi Bel Abbès, French Algeria (now Algeria)
Died 28 October 1949(1949-10-28) (aged 33)
São Miguel Island, Azores, Portugal
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 114
Wins 110
Wins by KO 65
Losses 4
Draws 0
No contests 0

Marcellin "Marcel" Cerdan (French pronunciation: ​[maʁsɛl sɛʁdɑ̃]; 22 July 1916 – 28 October 1949)[1] was a French professional boxer and world middleweight champion who was considered by many boxing experts and fans to be France's greatest boxer, and beyond to be one of the best to have learned his craft in Africa. His life was marked by his sporting achievements, social lifestyle and ultimately, tragedy, being killed in an airplane crash.

Early life

Marcellin Cerdan was born at 9:00pm on 22 July 1916 in the "Little Paris" neighbourhood of Sidi Bel Abbès in Algeria. He was the fourth son of Antonio Cerdán (1880–1946), a day labourer, and Asunción Cascales (1886–1942), pied-noirs of Spanish origin.[2]

Boxing career

Marcel Cerdan on a 1969 UAE stamp

Cerdan began boxing professionally on 4 November 1934 in Meknes, Morocco, beating Marcel Bucchianeri by a decision in six rounds. He then ran a streak of 47 wins in a row between that first bout and 4 January 1939, when he lost for the first time, to Harry Craster by a disqualification in five rounds in London. Cerdan campaigned heavily in the French territories of Algeria and Morocco during that part of his career, as well as in metropolitan France. In 1938, he beat Omar Kouidri in a 12-round decision at Casablanca to claim the French welterweight title.

Marcel Cerdan (right) in front of Saverio Turiello (left)

After his first loss, Cerdan recorded five consecutive wins, which led him to challenge Saviello Turiello for Europe's welterweight title in Milan, Italy. He won the European title by a decision in 15 rounds to continue his ascent towards the championship (back then, it was considered essential to own at least a Continental title belt to earn a world title shot; nowadays, it is not considered as important).

Cerdan's winning streak eventually reached 23 bouts before he suffered a defeat to Victor Buttin by disqualification for a second time, in eight rounds in Algiers in 1942. They would later re-match in 1945, and Cerdan would avenge the defeat by knocking Buttin out in the third round.

For his next bout after the first fight with Buttin though, Cerdan put his title on the line against José Ferrer (namesake of the Hollywood star). He knocked out Ferrer in one round,[3] and won four more bouts in a row before facing another boxer with a namesake: James Toney, who shared that name with another boxer who would become world Middleweight champion five decades later. Cerdan knocked out Toney in two rounds to keep this new winning streak alive. The new streak would reach 37 wins. In between, he joined the American allies in World War II during 1944, and he won the Inter-Allied Championship.

He also went up in weight to the Middleweight division, and won the French title by beating Assane Douf by a knockout in three rounds. He later claimed the vacant European title by beating Léon Foquet by a knockout in one round. He retained that title a couple of times before losing it to rugged Belgian Cyrille Delannoit by a decision in 15 at Brussels, Belgium. Soon, he went back to Belgium and re-took the title by beating Delannoit, also by decision.

Finally, after the rematch with Delannoit, Cerdan was given a world title opportunity and he travelled to the United States, where he beat World Middleweight champion Tony Zale.[4] Cerdan became a world champion by knocking Zale out in the 12th round in Roosevelt Stadium, Jersey City, New Jersey on 21 September 1948.

Death and fame

During his short period as a world champion, Cerdan became a popular figure of the Paris scene. Although married with three children, he had an affair with the famous singer Édith Piaf. The affair lasted from summer 1948 until his death in autumn 1949. They were very devoted to each other and Piaf dedicated one of her most famous songs, Hymne à l'amour, to Cerdan.

For his first defense Cerdan returned to the United States, where he fought Jake LaMotta in Detroit. Cerdan was knocked down in round one, his shoulder was dislocated, and he had to give up after the tenth round.[5] It would be the last fight of Cerdan's life. A contract was signed for a rematch and Cerdan went to training camp for it, but before camp began he boarded an Air France flight to visit Piaf in New York, where she was singing. The Lockheed L-749 Constellation crashed into Monte Redondo (São Miguel Island, Azores), killing all 11 crew members and 37 passengers on board, including Cerdan and the famous French violinist Ginette Neveu, while approaching the intermediate stop airport at Santa Maria.[6][7] Days later, LaMotta lauded Cerdan as a great sportsman.[8] Cerdan was interred in the Cimetière du Sud, Perpignan, Pyrénées- Orientales, France.

Legacy

Cerdan's record was 110 wins and 4 losses, with 65 wins by knockout.[9]

He is a member, along with LaMotta and Zale, of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

In 1983, Cerdan and Piaf had their lives turned into a big screen biography by Claude Lelouch. The film, Édith et Marcel, starred Marcel Cerdan, Jr. in the role of his father and Évelyne Bouix as Piaf. He is portrayed by actor Jean-Pierre Martins in the 2007 Piaf biopic La Môme (entitled La Vie en Rose in English-speaking countries).

In 1991, a sports arena, the Palais des sports Marcel-Cerdan, was named in his honor.

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
114 fights 110 wins 4 losses
By knockout 65 1
By decision 45 1
By disqualification 0 2
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
114 Loss 110–4 United States Jake LaMotta RTD 9 (15) Jun 16, 1949 United States Briggs Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, U.S. Lost NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring middleweight titles
113 Win 110–3 France Lucien Krawczyk KO 4 (10) May 8, 1949 Morocco Stade Philip, Casablanca, French Morocco
112 Win 109–3 United Kingdom Dick Turpin KO 7 (10) Mar 29, 1949 United Kingdom Earls Court Empress Hall, Kensington, London, England, United Kingdom
111 Win 108–3 United States Tony Zale RTD 11 (15) Sep 21, 1948 United States Roosevelt Stadium, Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S. Won NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring middleweight titles
110 Win 107–3 Belgium Cyrille Delannoit PTS 15 Jul 10, 1948 Belgium Palais des Sports, Brussels, Belgium Won European middleweight title
109 Loss 106–3 Belgium Cyrille Delannoit PTS 15 May 23, 1948 Belgium Heizel Stadium, Brussels, Belgium Lost European middleweight title
108 Win 106–2 France Lucien Krawczyk PTS 10 Mar 25, 1948 France Palais des Sports, Paris, Paris, France
107 Win 105–2 United States Lavern Roach TKO 8 (10) Mar 12, 1948 United States Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.
106 Win 104–2 France Jean Walzack KO 4 (15) Feb 9, 1948 France Palais des Sports, Paris, Paris, France Retained European middleweight title
105 Win 103–2 Italy Giovanni Manca KO 2 (15) Jan 26, 1948 France Palais des Sports, Paris, Paris, France Retained European middleweight title
104 Win 102–2 Estonia Anton Raadik UD 10 Oct 31, 1947 United States Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
103 Win 101–2 United States Billy Walker TKO 1 (10) Oct 7, 1947 Canada Forum, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
102 Win 100–2 United States Harold Green TKO 2 (10) Mar 28, 1947 United States Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.
101 Win 99–2 United Kingdom Bert Gilroy KO 4 (10) Feb 11, 1947 United Kingdom Seymour Hall, Marylebone, London, England, United Kingdom
100 Win 98–2 Belgium Leon Fouquet KO 1 (15) Feb 2, 1947 France Parc des Expositions, Paris, Paris, France Won vacant European middleweight title
99 Win 97–2 United States Georgie Abrams UD 10 Dec 6, 1946 United States Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.
98 Win 96–2 Poland Jean Pankowiak KO 5 (10) Oct 20, 1946 France Stade de la Croix de Berny, Antony, Hauts-de-Seine, France
97 Win 95–2 United States Holman Williams PTS 10 Jul 7, 1946 France Stade Roland Garros, Paris, Paris, France
96 Win 94–2 France Robert Charron PTS 12 May 25, 1946 France Parc des Princes, Paris, Paris, France
95 Win 93–2 France Joe Brun KO 2 (10) Apr 14, 1946 France Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France
94 Win 92–2 France Jose Ferrer KO 4 (10) Feb 24, 1946 Second Spanish Republic Plaza de Toros Monumental, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain
93 Win 91–2 France Edouard Tenet PTS 12 Jan 18, 1946 France Velodrome d'Hiver, Paris, Paris, France
92 Win 90–2 Portugal Agostinho Guedes KO 1 (10) Jan 12, 1946 Portugal Coliseu dos Recreios, Lisbon, Portugal
91 Win 89–2 France Victor Buttin KO 3 (10) Dec 8, 1945 France Saint-Etienne, Loire, France
90 Win 88–2 Senegal Assane Diouf KO 3 (12) Nov 30, 1945 France Palais des Sports, Paris, Paris, France
89 Win 87–2 United Kingdom Tommy Davies KO 1 (10) Oct 19, 1945 France Palais des Sports, Paris, Paris, France
88 Win 86–2 France Edouard Tenet PTS 10 Jun 23, 1945 France Stade de la Croix de Berny, Antony, Hauts-de-Seine, France
87 Win 85–2 Kingdom of Italy Oscar Menozzi KO 3 (10) Jun 3, 1945 France Arènes du Rond-Point du Prado, Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France
86 Win 84–2 France Jean Despeaux KO 5 (10) May 13, 1945 France Stade de la Croix-de-Bernay, Paris, Paris, France
85 Win 83–2 United States Joe Brun TKO 7 (10) Mar 9, 1945 France Palais des Sports, Paris, Paris, France
84 Win 82–2 United States Ralph Burnley TKO 2 (3) Dec 16, 1944 Kingdom of Italy Brancaccio Theatre, Roma, Lazio, Italy
83 Win 81–2 United States Floyd Gibson PTS 3 Dec 14, 1944 Kingdom of Italy Brancaccio Theatre, Roma, Lazio, Italy
82 Win 80–2 United States Clint Perry KO 1 (3) Dec 12, 1944 Kingdom of Italy Brancaccio Theatre, Roma, Lazio, Italy
81 Win 79–2 Morocco Bouaya KO 1 (10) Oct 21, 1944 Morocco Stade Communal de Saint Eugène, Algiers, French Algeria
80 Win 78–2 United States Joe DiMartino TKO 1 (3) Feb 19, 1944 French Algeria Stade Communal de Saint Eugène, Algiers, French Algeria
79 Win 77–2 United States Sammy Adragna PTS 3 Feb 17, 1944 French Algeria Stade Communal de Saint Eugène, Algiers, French Algeria
78 Win 76–2 United States Harold Drouhin KO 1 (3) Feb 15, 1944 French Algeria Stade Communal de Saint Eugène, Algiers, French Algeria
77 Win 75–2 United States Willie Sampson KO 2 (10) Jan 30, 1944 Morocco Stade Philip, Casablanca, French Morocco
76 Win 74–2 United States Larry Cisneros KO 2 (10) Dec 29, 1943 French Algeria Stade Communal de Saint Eugène, Algiers
75 Win 73–2 United States James Toney TKO 2 (?) Dec 26, 1943 French Algeria Stade Camp Saint-Philippe, Oran, French Algeria
74 Win 72–2 Morocco Bulldog Milano KO 2 (10) Oct 30, 1943 Morocco Stade Philip, Casablanca, French Morocco
73 Win 71–2 United States Larry Cisneros KO 6 (10) Oct 10, 1943 French Algeria Stade Camp Saint-Philippe, Oran, French Algeria
72 Win 70–2 France Omar Kouidri PTS 10 Sep 12, 1943 French Algeria Stade Communal de Saint Eugène, Algiers
71 Win 69–2 French Algeria John McCoy KO 2 (10) Aug 8, 1943 French Algeria Stade Petain, Oran, French Algeria
70 Win 68–2 Spain Jose Ferrer TKO 1 (15) Sep 30, 1942 France Velodrome d'Hiver, Paris, Paris, France Retained European welterweight title
69 Loss 67–2 France Victor Buttin DQ 8 (10) Aug 15, 1942 French Algeria Stade Communal de Saint Eugène, Algiers Cerdan disqualified for low blows
68 Win 67–1 Switzerland Fernand Frely TKO 3 (10) Aug 2, 1942 France Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France
67 Win 66–1 France Victor Jana TKO 2 (10) Jul 25, 1942 French Algeria Stade Communal de Saint Eugène, Algiers
66 Win 65–1 Belgium Gaspard Deridder KO 1 (10) Jun 28, 1942 France Grand Palais, Paris, Paris, France
65 Win 64–1 France Fernand Viez PTS 10 May 17, 1942 France Grand Palais, Paris, Paris, France
64 Win 63–1 France Gustave Humery KO 1 (10) Apr 26, 1942 France Velodrome d'Hiver, Paris, Paris, France
63 Win 62–1 Switzerland Fred Flury TKO 7 (10) Feb 21, 1942 France Palais des Fêtes et des Expositions, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France
62 Win 61–1 Switzerland Roby Seidel TKO 3 (10) Dec 31, 1941 France Grand Casino, Vichy, Allier, France
61 Win 60–1 France Roland Coureau TKO 9 (10) Sep 13, 1941 French Algeria Stade Communal de Saint Eugène, Algiers
60 Win 59–1 France Joe Brun TKO 2 (10) Jul 20, 1941 French Algeria Oran, French Algeria
59 Win 58–1 France Francois Blanchard KO 6 (10) Jun 22, 1941 France Arènes du Rond-Point du Prado, Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France
58 Win 57–1 French Algeria Omar Kouidri RTD 6 (15) May 5, 1941 French Algeria Oran, French Algeria Retained European welterweight title
57 Win 56–1 France Victor Fortes RTD 2 (10) Apr 13, 1941 French Algeria Oran, French Algeria
56 Win 55–1 France Victor Janas PTS 10 Mar 9, 1941 Morocco Stade Philip, Casablanca, French Morocco
55 Win 54–1 France Victor Fortes RTD 7 (10) Feb 2, 1941 French Algeria Foyer Civic, Algiers, French Algeria
54 Win 53–1 France Young Raymond RTD 6 (10) Jan 26, 1941 Morocco Stade Philip, Casablanca, French Morocco
53 Win 52–1 France Young Raymond KO 1 (10) Jan 19, 1941 French Algeria Foyer Civic, Algiers, French Algeria
52 Win 51–1 Switzerland Cleto Locatelli PTS 10 Jun 16, 1939 France Arènes du Rond-Point du Prado, Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France
51 Win 50–1 Kingdom of Italy Saverio Turiello PTS 15 Jun 3, 1939 Kingdom of Italy Velodromo Vigorelli, Milan, Lombardia, Italy Won European welterweight title
50 Win 49–1 France Roger Cadot TKO 6 (12) May 21, 1939 France Arènes du Rond-Point du Prado, Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France
49 Win 48–1 Belgium Felix Wouters PTS 12 Mar 22, 1939 Belgium Palais des Sports, Brussels, Bruxelles-Capitale, Belgium
48 Win 47–1 Kingdom of Italy Saverio Turiello PTS 12 Feb 20, 1939 France Velodrome d'Hiver, Paris, Paris, France
47 Win 46–1 Belgium Al Baker TKO 7 (10) Feb 4, 1939 Belgium Palais des Sports, Brussels, Bruxelles-Capitale, Belgium
46 Win 45–1 Kingdom of Italy Ercole Buratti PTS 10 Jan 21, 1939 French Algeria Automobile Hall, Algiers, French Algeria
45 Loss 44–1 United Kingdom Harry Craster DQ 5 (10) Jan 9, 1939 United Kingdom Earls Court Empress Hall, Kensington, London, England, United Kingdom Low Blow
44 Win 44–0 France Omar Kouidri PTS 12 Nov 24, 1938 France Salle Wagram, Paris, Paris, France
43 Win 43–0 Nazi Germany Alfred Katter KO 5 (10) Nov 10, 1938 France Salle Wagram, Paris, Paris, France
42 Win 42–0 Kingdom of Italy Amedeo Deyana PTS 10 Oct 27, 1938 France Salle Wagram, Paris, Paris, France
41 Win 41–0 Belgium Al Baker PTS 10 Sep 15, 1938 France Salle Wagram, Paris, Paris, France
40 Win 40–0 France Victor Deckmyn PTS 10 Jul 3, 1938 French Algeria Arenes d'Eckmühl, Oran, French Algeria
39 Win 39–0 France Jean Morin PTS 10 Jun 4, 1938 French Algeria Automobile Hall, Algiers, French Algeria
38 Win 38–0 France Gustave Humery KO 6 (12) May 20, 1938 France Palais des Sports, Paris, Paris, France
37 Win 37–0 Kingdom of Italy Cleto Locatelli PTS 12 May 5, 1938 France Velodrome d'Hiver, Paris, Paris, France
36 Win 36–0 First Czechoslovak Republic Eduard Hrabak PTS 10 Aug 13, 1938 France Palais des Sports, Paris, Paris, France
35 Win 35–0 France Charles Pernot PTS 10 Mar 4, 1938 French Algeria Stade Communal de Saint Eugène, Algiers, French Algeria
34 Win 34–0 France Omar Kouidri PTS 12 Feb 21, 1938 Morocco Vox, Casablanca, French Morocco
33 Win 33–0 France Jean Zides TKO 9 (10) Jan 20, 1938 France Salle Wagram, Paris, Paris, France
32 Win 32–0 Latvia Eddie Ran KO 2 (10) Jan 13, 1938 France Salle Wagram, Paris, Paris, France
31 Win 31–0 Kingdom of Yugoslavia Charles Fedorowich TKO 2 (10) Jan 6, 1938 France Salle Wagram, Paris, Paris, France
30 Win 30–0 Morocco Max Ifergane PTS 10 Dec 18, 1937 Morocco Rabat, French Morocco
29 Win 29–0 France Jean Morin PTS 10 Oct 21, 1937 France Salle Wagram, Paris, Paris, France
28 Win 28–0 France Louis Jampton PTS 10 Oct 7, 1937 France Salle Wagram, Paris, Paris, France
27 Win 27–0 First Czechoslovak Republic Eduard Hrabak KO 6 (10) Sep 13, 1937 Morocco Vox, Casablanca, French Morocco
26 Win 26–0 French Algeria Kid Marcel PTS 10 Aug 22, 1937 French Algeria Oran, French Algeria
25 Win 25–0 French Algeria Ali Omar TKO 5 (10) Jul 3, 1937 French Algeria Hall de la Foire, Algiers, French Algeria
24 Win 24–0 France Omar Kouidri PTS 10 Apr 3, 1937 French Algeria Salle de l'Agriculture, Algiers, French Algeria
23 Win 23–0 France Omar Kouidri PTS 10 Mar 2, 1937 Morocco Rabat, French Morocco
22 Win 22–0 French Algeria Maurice Naudin TKO 3 (10) Jan 30, 1937 French Algeria Hall de la Foire, Algiers, French Algeria
21 Win 21–0 French Algeria Aissa Attaff RTD 8 (10) Jan 16, 1937 French Algeria Central Ring, Algiers, French Algeria
20 Win 20–0 France Jean Debeaumont PTS 10 Nov 21, 1936 Morocco Pavillon Bleu, Casablanca, French Morocco
19 Win 19–0 French Algeria Aissa Attaf KO 1 (10) Nov 8, 1936 French Algeria Salle Mazella, Algiers, French Algeria
18 Win 18–0 Second Spanish Republic Primo Rubio PTS 10 Oct 17, 1936 Morocco La Manutention, Casablanca, French Morocco
17 Win 17–0 French Algeria Al Francis KO 6 (10) Aug 2, 1936 French Algeria Arenes d'Eckmühl, Oran, French Algeria
16 Win 16–0 Second Spanish Republic Mariano Castillanos PTS 10 Jun 6, 1936 Morocco Pavillon Bleu, Casablanca, French Morocco
15 Win 15–0 Morocco Kid Abadie KO 3 (10) May 27, 1936 Morocco Pavillon Bleu, Casablanca, French Morocco
14 Win 14–0 Morocco M Ricardo TKO 5 (10) May 23, 1936 Morocco Casablanca, French Morocco
13 Win 13–0 United Kingdom Joseph Martinez TKO 9 (10) Apr 11, 1936 Morocco Taza, French Morocco
12 Win 12–0 Morocco Max Ifergane PTS 10 Apr 7, 1936 Morocco Pavillon Bleu, Casablanca, French Morocco
11 Win 11–0 Morocco Antoine Abad PTS 10 Mar 4, 1936 Morocco Pavillon Bleu, Casablanca, French Morocco
10 Win 10–0 Morocco Mak Perez PTS 10 Dec 14, 1935 Morocco Casablanca, French Morocco
9 Win 9–0 Morocco Mak Perez PTS 10 Nov 23, 1935 Morocco Salle des Fetes du Maarif, Casablanca, French Morocco
8 Win 8–0 Second Spanish Republic Francisco Mestres PTS 10 Aug 3, 1935 Morocco Roland Garros- Marocain, Casablanca, French Morocco
7 Win 7–0 French Algeria Joseph Sarfati PTS 10 Jul 19, 1935 Morocco Roland Garros- Marocain, Casablanca, French Morocco
6 Win 6–0 Morocco Mak Perez RTD 2 (10) Jul 5, 1935 Morocco Roland Garros- Marocain, Casablanca, French Morocco
5 Win 5–0 Morocco Max Privat RTD 5 (10) Apr 13, 1935 Morocco Cirque Melburn, Casablanca, French Morocco
4 Win 4–0 Morocco Leon Benazra PTS 10 Apr 13, 1935 Morocco Cirque Melburn, Casablanca, French Morocco
3 Win 3–0 Morocco Perez III PTS 10 Feb 6, 1935 Morocco Cirque Melburn, Casablanca, French Morocco
2 Win 2–0 Morocco Leon Benazra RTD 5 (6) Nov 12, 1934 Morocco Meknes, French Morocco
1 Win 1–0 France Marcel Bucchianeri PTS 6 Nov 10, 1934 Morocco Meknes, French Morocco

See also

References

  1. ^ "Birth and death certificate". Archived from the original on 15 October 2007. Retrieved 15 December 2007.
  2. ^ Systems, eZ. "Les origines familiales de Marcel Cerdan". La revue française de Généalogie (in French). Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  3. ^ Marcel Cerdan vs José Ferrer in 1942 on YouTube
  4. ^ "The Lineal Middleweight Champions". The Cyber Boxing Zone Encyclopedia.
  5. ^ Marcel Cerdan vs Jake LaMotta in 1949 on YouTube
  6. ^ Lockheed L-749-79-46 Constellation F-BAZN's accident description and causes (Flight Safety Foundation). Aviation-safety.net (28 October 1949). Retrieved on 6 August 2014.
  7. ^ Marcel Cerdan's tragic disappearance (1949) Archived 23 April 2008 at the Wayback Machine – Marcel Cerdan Heritage
  8. ^ LaMotta lauds Cerdan for great sportsmanship. News.google.com (28 October 1949). Retrieved on 6 August 2014.
  9. ^ Marcel Cerdan official website: Biography – scorecard (French: biographie – son palmarès) Archived 2 August 2010 at the Wayback Machine

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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Jupp Besselmann
European Middleweight Champion
February 2, 1947 – May 23, 1948
Succeeded by
Cyrille Dellanoit
Preceded by
Cyrille Dellanoit
European Middleweight Champion
July 10 – September 21, 1948
Won world title
Vacant
Title next held by
Cyrille Dellanoit
World boxing titles
Preceded by
Tony Zale
World Middleweight Champion
21 September 1948 – 16 June 1949
Succeeded by
Jake LaMotta
Status (all weights)
Preceded by
Benny Lynch
Fly
Latest born world champion to die
October 29, 1949 – April 3, 1962
Succeeded by
Benny Paret
Welter
Middleweight status
Preceded by
Tiger Flowers
Latest born world champion to die
October 29, 1949 – December 14, 1971
Succeeded by
Randolph Turpin

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