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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.




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Robert Brizel - Head Boxing Correspondent
Robert Brizel - Head Boxing Correspondent
Robert is the Head Boxing Correspondent for Real Combat Media Boxing since 2013. Robert is also a photographer and ringside reporter for the RCM Tri State region which includes NJ, NY and PA. Robert conducts exclusive interviews, provides historical boxing articles and provides editorial ringside coverage of major boxing events. You can contact or follow Robert on Facebook and by email at robertbrizel@realcombatmedia.com.