European Middleweight Champ Jean-Claude Bouttier Dies at 74, Fought Monzon Twice
By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
*Photo Credit: Agence Presse-France Photo
Former European Middleweight champion Jean-Claude Bouttier, who fought the legendary Carlos Monzon for the World Middleweight title twice, and who beat the likes of Emile Griffith, Jose Chirino, Juarez De Lima, Tom Bethea, Bunny Sterling, Manuel Gonzalez, Lonnie Harris, Doyle Baird, and Antonio Aguilar, has died in his native Goumay Sur Marne, Seine-Saint-Denis, France at age 74.
Fighting between 1965 and 1964, Bouttier compiled a pro record of 64-7-1 with 34 knockouts. Bouttier retired in 1974 at age 30 after losses to Kevin Finnigan (Lost 15) for the European Middleweight title and Max Nessim Cohen (TKO by 11) for the French Middleweight title. In his second and third careers, Bouttier, who was still blessed with good looks, worked in France as a professional actor and television sports commentator.