Lou Brouillard

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Lou Brouillard
Lou Brouillard 1935.jpg
Statistics
Real name Lucien Pierre Brouillard
Rated at Middleweight
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Reach 72 in (183 cm)
Nationality Canadian
Born (1911-05-23)May 23, 1911
Saint-Eugène, Quebec
Died September 14, 1984(1984-09-14) (aged 73)
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 141
Wins 109
Wins by KO 67
Losses 29
Draws 3
No contests 20

Lucien Pierre Brouillard, better known as Lou Brouillard, (May 23, 1911 - September 14, 1984), was a Canadian professional boxer who held the World Welterweight Title and a version of the World Middleweight Title.[1] Statistical boxing website BoxRec ranks Brouillard as the 14th best middleweight of all-time and the 3rd best Canadian boxer ever.[2] During his career he faced the likes of Mickey Walker, Young Corbett III, Jimmy McLarnin, Marcel Thil, and Fred Apostoli.[1] Brouillard was inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 2000 and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2006.

Boxing career[edit]

Brouillard (left) during his third bout with Marcel Thil

World welterweight champion[edit]

According to an "Oddities of the Sports World" newspaper column of Sept. 23, 1931, Brouillard started as a right-handed boxer. Early on, however, he broke some rib bones on his right side, hampering his ability to hit with his right hand. He therefore converted to a southpaw.

Brouillard turned pro in 1928 and racked up an impressive 61-7 record before his was given a title shot by Jack Thompson for the World Welterweight title. On October 23, 1931, after knocking down Thompson four times during the course of the bout, Brouillard was awarded the unanimous decision and emerged as the new titleholder.[3] However, he would lose the title during his first defence just a few months later on January 28, 1932 to Jackie Fields.[3]

NYSAC middlweight champion[edit]

On August 4, 1932, Brouillard bested future Hall of Famer Jimmy McLarnin via split decision in a non-title bout. In 1933 he beat another all-time great in Mickey Walker via unanimous decision over 10 rounds.[1]

On August 9, 1933, he won the NYSAC World Middleweight Title by defeating Ben Jeby by KO at the Polo Grounds in New York. After being jointly recognized as champion by the National Boxing Association, he lost the title in his first defense against Vince Dundee via unanimous decision later that year.[1]

Later career[edit]

After beating yet another Hall of Famer in Young Corbett III, Brouillard travelled to France to square of against Marcel Thil on November 25, 1935. Although he lost a 12 round unanimous decision, Brouillard put up a stiff challenge and was given the opportunity to rematch Thil; this time with his IBU Middleweight title on the line.[4] Brouillard faced Thil twice more, each time being dubiously disqualified after the reigning champion fell to the ground clutching his groin and crying foul. However, post-fight video analysis of the alleged misconduct proved that no foul had been committed on both occasions.[4]

Brouillard fought well past the age of optimal retirement, losing 10 of his last 27 fights.[5] Despite his lack of success, he continued facing world-class opposition; including Teddy Yarosz, Gus Lesnevich, and Lloyd Marshall.[1] Brouillard retired after a 10 round majority decision loss to Henry Chmielewski on January 12, 1940.[1]

Notable Bouts[edit]

Result Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes[1]
Loss United States Lloyd Marshall UD 10 1939-12-06 United States Oakland Auditorium Arena, Oakland, California
Loss United States Georgie Abrams PTS 10 1939-06-20 United States Griffith Stadium, Washington, D.C.
Loss United States Gus Lesnevich PTS 10 1938-03-23 United States New York Hippodrome, New York, New York
Loss United States Tiger Jack Fox TKO 7 (10) 1938-02-18 United States Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Loss United States Teddy Yarosz PTS 10 1937-05-07 United States Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts
Loss France Marcel Thil DQ 6 (15) 1937-02-15 France Palais des Sports, Paris
Loss United States Fred Apostoli PTS 10 1936-10-09 United States Dreamland Auditorium, San Francisco, California
Win Belgium Gustave Roth PTS 15 1935-12-20 France Palais des Sports, Paris
Loss France Marcel Thil DQ 4 (15) 1936-01-20 France Palais des Sports, Paris
Loss France Marcel Thil UD 12 1935-11-25 France Palais des Sports, Paris
Loss United States Al McCoy UD 10 1935-09-20 United States Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Win Italy Young Corbett III PTS 10 1935-07-04 United States Kezar Stadium, San Francisco, California
Win United States Bob Olin PTS 10 1934-04-05 United States New Haven Arena, New Haven, Connecticut
Win United States Bob Olin SD 10 1934-01-19 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Loss United States Vince Dundee UD 15 1933-10-30 United States Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts Lost NYSAC World Middleweight Title.
Win United States Ben Jeby KO 7 (15) 1933-08-09 United States Polo Grounds, New York, New York Won NYSAC World Middleweight Title.
Win United States Mickey Walker PTS 10 1933-07-06 United States Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Win Canada Jimmy McLarnin SD 10 1932-08-04 United States Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York
Loss United States Jackie Fields UD 10 1932-01-28 United States Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois Lost World Welterweight Title.
Win United States Jack Thompson UD 15 1931-10-23 United States Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts Won World Welterweight Title.
Win United States Jack Thompson UD 10 1931-07-23 United States Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Lou Brouillard's Professional Boxing Record. BoxRec.com. Retrieved on 2014-05-18.
  2. ^ "All-time World middleweights". from BoxRec.com. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  3. ^ a b International Boxing Hall of Fame - Lou Brouillard IBHOF.com Retrieved on 2014-04-05
  4. ^ a b Jackson, Ron (July 1, 2013). "Two-fisted attacking machine". SuperSport. Retrieved 2014-04-27. 
  5. ^ Cyber Boxing Encyclopedia - Lou Brouillard CyberBoxingZone.com Retrieved on 2014-04-05

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Jack Thompson
World Welterweight Champion
October 23, 1931 – January 28, 1932
Succeeded by
Jackie Fields
Preceded by
Ben Jeby
NYSAC World Middleweight Champion
August 9, 1933 – October 30, 1933
Succeeded by
Vince Dundee
Vacant
Title last held by
Marcel Thil
NBA World Middleweight Champion
September 1933 – October 30, 1933