Marcel Cerdan

Marcel Cerdan

World boxing champion (1948), husband of Edith Piaf
Date of Birth: 22.07.1916
Country: France

  1. Biography of Marcel Cerdan
  2. Sporting Achievements
  3. Amateur and Professional Career
  4. Tragic End
  5. Legacy

Biography of Marcel Cerdan

Marcel Cerdan was born on July 22, 1916, in Casablanca, Morocco. He was a French professional boxer and is considered one of the greatest middleweight boxers of all time.

Sporting Achievements

Cerdan had an impressive boxing career, with numerous titles and achievements to his name. He was a multiple-time champion of France and won the European championship in the welterweight division in 1939. He later became the European champion in the middleweight division from 1939 to 1942. In 1948, he achieved his biggest accomplishment by winning the world middleweight championship.

Amateur and Professional Career

Before turning professional, Cerdan had a successful amateur career, winning 103 out of 107 fights. He showcased his boxing skills with 40 knockout victories and 62 early stoppages. Cerdan's professional career spanned 15 years, during which he fought in 116 matches, with only 4 losses. He earned the nickname "The Bomber from Casablanca" for his ability to finish fights early, winning 64 bouts before the final bell.

Tragic End

Cerdan's life was cut tragically short on October 27, 1949. While traveling to New York for a rematch, his plane crashed near the Azores Islands, resulting in his death. The boxing world mourned the loss of a talented and respected champion.


Cerdan's legacy lives on, as he is remembered as one of the greatest boxers of his time. His respectful and compassionate attitude towards his opponents, despite the aggressive nature of the sport, earned him admiration from both the press and fans. His son, also named Marcel, followed in his father's footsteps and became a professional boxer as well, though without achieving the same level of fame and fortune. Marcel Cerdan's name is enshrined in the Boxing Hall of Fame in London, immortalizing his contributions to the sport.