Tony Zale vs. Marcel Cerdan

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1948-09-21 : Marcel Cerdan 158 lbs beat Tony Zale 159 lbs by RTD in round 11 of 15

  • Location: Roosevelt Stadium, Jersey City, New Jersey, USA
  • Referee: Paul Cavalier
  • World Middleweight Title
  • Attendance: 19,272
  • Gate: $242,840


Zale was floored with a left hook to the jaw at the close of the 11th round and was helped back to his corner by his trainer. Cavalier stopped the fight in between rounds. Cerdan, a 2-1 underdog, becomes the first non-American to hold the Middleweight title in the 20th century. Before the fight, Zale had predicted he would knockout Cerdan within seven rounds.

Fight was named Ring Magazine Fight of the Year.


Tony Zale / Marcel Cerdan