History | Oct 27 2018

On This Day: Marcel Cerdan is killed in plane crash on his way to rematch with Jake LaMotta

Daniel Herbert pays tribute to a great, and tragic, European fighter Marcel Cerdan
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MARCEL CERDAN lived a life that sounds like a movie: poor boy from a humble background who rose to become world champion, had an affair with famous singer and died tragically young in a plane crash.

In fact, his life HAS been made into a movie, several times. It’s also been woven into films about Edith Piaf, the French songstress he had the fling with while married and a father.

Cerdan is the most famous French boxer ever, and his only rival as that nation’s best fighter is Georges Carpentier, who was also world champion but got to live to a ripe old age.