Marcel Cerdan

Born Jul 22, 1916

Marcellin "Marcel" Cerdan was a French pied noir world boxing 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. Marcel Cerdan was born on July 22, 1916 in Sidi Bel Abbès in what was then French Algeria.… Read More

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1916 Birth Marcel Cerdan was born on 22 July 1916 in Sidi Bel Abbès in what was then French Algeria.


1934 18 Years Old He began boxing professionally on 4 November 1934 in Meknes, Morocco, beating Marcel Bucchianeri by a decision in six rounds. … Read More


1938 22 Years Old In 1938, he beat Omar Kouidri in a 12-round decision at Casablanca to claim the French welterweight title. … Read More
1942 26 Years Old 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. … Read More
1944 28 Years Old In between, he joined the American allies in World War II during 1944, and he won the Inter-Allied Championship. … Read More


1948 32 Years Old 1 More Event
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. Cerdan became a world champion by knocking Zale out in the 12th round in Roosevelt Stadium, Jersey City, New Jersey on 21 September 1948. … Read More
1949 34 Years Old Died on October 28, 1949.
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