Best French Boxers of All Time
Marcel Cerdan vs Tony Zale
Marcel Cerdan (Paris, France)
"The Moroccan Bomber" is the former world middleweight (160 pounds) champion and he retired with a mark that stands at: 111-4 with 65 knockouts. It is a shame that he died so early because Cerdan was in his prime when he died in a plane crash. He did, however, accomplish great things with his power and solid boxing skills. Cerdan new how to box going forward or on his toes circling his opponent and he also was adept at unleashing accurate volleys to the head and body with KO force.
Marcel Cerdan's best victories came from defeating Tony Zale, Dick Turpin, Georgie Abrams and Holman Williams.
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Georges Carpentier (Lievin, Pas-De-Calais, France)
"The Orchid Man" started his career as a welterweight and middleweight but he then hit his prime campaigning as a light heavyweight and heavyweight. Carpentier was a world champion as a Light heavyweight and a top ranked contender as a heavyweight who left the ring with a mark standing at: 90-14-6 with 59 knockouts to his credit. Carpentier had one punch knockout power in both fists as well as fast hands which helped him land clean combinations on his foes.
Mr. Carpentier's biggest victories came from beating Battling Levinsky, Gunboat Smith, Kid Jackson and Pat O' Keefe.
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Fabrice Tiozzo (Saint-Denis, France)
Fabrice Tiozzo is a two-time light heavyweight (175 pounds) champion and a one time cruiserweight king as well. Tiozzo retired from the squared circle with a resume reading: 48-2 with 32 stoppage wins on his docket. When Tiozzo left the sport, he was on top and left as the current light heavyweight champion. Tiozzo had above average power and good boxing skills complemented by a sharp jab and an accurate right hand.
Mr. Tiozzo has several high quality wins but his best accomplishments came from defeating Dariusz Michalczewski, Eric Lucas, Mike McCallum and Leslie Stewart.
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Marcel Thil (Former Middleweight Champion)
Marcel Thil (Saint-Dizier, Haute-Marne, France)
Marcel Thil is the former middleweight (160 pounds) world champion. He retired sporting a record reading: 108-21-10 with 50 of those wins coming before the final bell. Thil was a two-handed bomber who often pulled victory from the jaws of defeat with his counter punches which came fast and furious.
Mr. Thil's top wins during his prizefighting came from beating Gorilla Jones (for the title), Vince Dundee, Len Harvey and Ignacio Ara.
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Laurent Boudouani (Former Junior Middleweight Champion)
Laurent Boudouani (Sallanches, Haute-Savoie, France)
Laurent Boudouani is the former junior middleweight (154 pounds) world champion. Boudouani also won a bronze medal in the 1988 Olympic games in Seoul. He retired from professional prizefighting sporting a mark standing at: 38-3-1 with 32 stoppage wins. Boudouani was primarily a power puncher but he did have underrated boxing ability and he could use his feet to cut off the ring really well.
Mr. Boudouani has beaten some top names in the sport including Terry Norris, Guillermo Jones, Julio Cesar Vasquez and Carl Daniels.
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Jean-Marc Mormeck (Pantin, Seine-Saint-Denis, France)
"The Marksman" was a ranked light heavyweight and heavyweight contender and the former cruiserweight world champion. Jean-Mark Mormeck retired from the "manly art of self defense" with a resume standing at: 37-6 with 23 wins coming inside the distance. Mormeck has power in his right hand and his left hook. Also, Mormeck knew how to win a strategic boxing match with timing and counter punching.
Mr. Mormeck's best victories came from topping boxers such as Fres Oquendo, O'Neil Bell, Virgil Hill and Wayne Braithwaite.
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Benny Valgar (Paris, France)
"The French Flash" was an outstanding amateur boxer having won the U.S. National Championships as a Bantamweight. As a professional he took on all comers and narrowly (controversially?) lost close bouts in title fights in the featherweight and lightweight divisions. Benny Valgar retired from the prize ring with a resume reading: 90-26-8 with 18 stoppage victories. Without a doubt, Valgar was a light puncher but he had sublime skills and he was hard to hit with more than one punch at a time when he was in tip top condition.
Mr. Valgar's biggest wins came from beating contenders and champions, Johnny Kilbane, Leo Johnson, Alex Hart and Rocky Kansas.
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Eugene Criqui (Former Featherweight World Champion)
Eugene Criqui (Paris, France)
Eugene Criqui is the former world featherweight champion and he retired from the sport with a mark standing at: 98 wins, 16 losses and 15 draws with 55 wins coming via the knockout route. Criqui had a weak jaw but he used his power to keep boxers away from it. Criqui used his jab to set up his shots and he could fight just as good on the inside or the outside.
Mr. Criqui's top wins came against solid opponents such as Johnny Kilbane, Percy Jones, Kid Carter and Joe Fox.
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Alphonse Halimi (Former Bantamweight Champion)
Alphonse Halimi (Paris, France)
"The Little Terror" is the former Bantamweight champion of the world and he left the prize ring with a mark reading: 42-8-1 with 21 of his victories coming before the scheduled ending of a bout. Somewhat crude with his technique, Halimi always came forward stalking his foe and launching huge finishing blows while applying constant pressure from beginning to end.
Mr. Halimi's top wins have came against Piero Rollo, Jean Renard, Peter Keenan and Raul Macias.
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Jackson Chanet (Saint-Dizier-Haute-Marne, France)
Jackson Chanet had a solid amateur career, winning the European Amateur Boxing Championships as a heavyweight. Chanet turned pro and fought as a super middleweight. Upon his retirement Chanet compiled a record that totals: 29-3 with 15 knockouts. Chanet had a weak beard and stamina issues but if he had went for it he could have done more because he had reliable boxing skills on offense.
Chanet's best wins came from beating Vitaliy Tsypko, Gerardo Soria, Rachid Kanfouah and Andile Tshongolo.
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