Eugene Criqui

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Name: Eugene Criqui
Born: 1893-08-15
Birthplace: Paris, Paris, France
Died: 1977-07-03 (Age:83)
Hometown: Paris, Paris, France
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 5′ 4″   /   163cm
Reach: 68″   /   173cm
Boxing Record: click
Refereeing Record: click

Manager: Robert Eudeline
Officiating Record: Referee

Born in Belleville, France, Eugene Criqui was a successful flyweight, fighting twice for the world title, before joining the French army at the start of World War I. While there, he became a war hero but would have his jaw shattered by a German bullet. His jaw was then rebuilt by adding a silver plate and put back together using plastic.

Criqui returned to the boxing ring at the end of the war, changing his style from a slick boxer to a crowding puncher. He would go on to win the World Featherweight Title from Johnny Kilbane in 1923, ending his eleven-year reign, only to lose it to Johnny Dundee fifty-four days later. Criqui continued to fight until 1928, losing along the way to Panama Al Brown in 1927.

According to the Ring Magazine: April 1930, p. 56, he had become a popular referee in France.