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Famous Boxers from France

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List of famous boxers from France, listed alphabetically with photos of the boxers when available. France has produced some very talented boxers over the years, including heavyweights, light heavyweights, cruiserweights, featherweights and flyweights. These are some of the best French boxers to ever live, so if you're a native of France and are aspiring to box professionally then these people should be your idols. If you're searching for a particular popular boxer from France then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

Mahyar Monshipour and Benny Valger are only the beginning of the boxers on this list.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest French boxers?" and "Which boxers are from France?"

You can click on the names of these legendary boxers of France in order to get more information about each one. If you box or just love the sport then use this list of talented French boxers to find some new athletes to watch.
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Marcel Cerdan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Boxers from France
Dec. at 33 (1916-1949)

Birthplace: Sidi Bel Abbès, Algeria

Nationality: France

Weight Division: Middleweight

Marcellin "Marcel" Cerdan (French pronunciation: ​[maʁsɛl sɛʁdɑ̃]; 22 July 1916 – 28 October 1949) was a French Pied-Noir of spanish origin, world boxing champion who was considered by ...more

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Georges Carpentier is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Boxers from France
Dec. at 81 (1894-1975)

Birthplace: Liévin, France

Nationality: France

Georges Carpentier (French pronunciation: ​[ʒɔʁʒ kaʁ.pɑ̃ˈtje]; January 12, 1894 – October 28, 1975) was a French boxer, actor and World War I pilot. He fought mainly as a light heavyweight and ...more

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Benny Valger is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Boxers from France
Dec. at 74 (1898-1972)

Nationality: France, United States of America

Benny Valgar, frequently spelled "Valger", won the Featherweight Boxing Championship of the world in the resounding decision of newspapers on February 25, 1920. However, he did not ...more
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Jean-Marc Mormeck is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Boxers from France
Age: 47

Birthplace: Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe

Nationality: France

Weight Division: Cruiserweight, Heavyweight

Jean-Marc Gilbert Mormeck (born 3 June 1972) is a French former professional boxer who competed from 1995 to 2014. He is a two-time cruiserweight world champion, having held the WBA title twice, ...more
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Marcel Thil is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Boxers from France
Dec. at 64 (1904-1968)

Birthplace: Saint-Dizier, France

Nationality: France

Weight Division: Middleweight

Marcel Thil (25 May 1904 – 14 August 1968) was a French boxer and middleweight world champion. Statistical boxing website BoxRec rates Thil as the best French boxer ever across all weight
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Eugène Criqui is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Boxers from France
Dec. at 84 (1893-1977)

Birthplace: Paris, France

Nationality: France

Eugène Criqui (August 15, 1893 – July 7, 1977) was a French boxer who held the World Featherweight title in 1923. After his death, he was added to the International Boxing Hall of Fame. ...more
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Alexis Vastine is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Boxers from France
Age: 33

Birthplace: Pont-Audemer, France

Nationality: France

Weight Division: Light welterweight

Alexis Vastine (17 November 1986 – 9 March 2015) was a French boxer who won a bronze medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in the Light Welterweight division. He also competed in the 2012 Summer ...more
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Laurent Boudouani is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Boxers from France
Age: 53

Birthplace: Sallanches, France

Nationality: France

Weight Division: Light middleweight

Laurent Boudouani (born December 29, 1965 in Sallanches, Haute-Savoie) is retired professional boxer. He is a former WBA world light middleweight champion and a welterweight silver medal winner ...more
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Alphonse Halimi is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Boxers from France
Dec. at 74 (1932-2006)

Birthplace: Constantine, Algeria

Nationality: France

Weight Division: Bantamweight

Alphonse Halimi (February 18, 1932 – November 12, 2006) was a French boxer. He took the World Bantamweight Championship on April 1, 1957 in Paris, and the European Bantamweight Championship ...more
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Jackson Chanet is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Boxers from France
Jackson Chanet Age: 41

Birthplace: Saint-Dizier, France

Nationality: France

Jackson Chanet (born February 7, 1978 at Saint-Dizier, Haute-Marne) is a French boxer best known for winning the 2000 European Amateur Boxing Championships heavyweight (201 lb/91 kg) title.
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Nordine Oubaali is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Boxers from France
Nordine Oubaali Age: 33

Birthplace: Lens, France

Nationality: France

Nordine Oubaali (born 4 August 1986 in Lens, Pas-de-Calais, France) is a French professional boxer of Moroccan descent who has held the WBC bantamweight title since January 2019. As an amateur ...more
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Joseph Gonzales is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Boxers from France
Joseph Gonzales Age: 78

Nationality: France

Joseph Gonzales (born 6 August 1941) is a boxer from France. He competed for France in the 1964 Summer Olympics held in Tokyo, Japan in the light-middleweight event where he finished in second
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Fabrice Benichou is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Boxers from France
Fabrice Benichou Age: 53

Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

Nationality: France

Weight Division: Bantamweight

Fabrice Benichou (born April 5, 1966 in Madrid, Spain) is a French boxer. In 1987 Benichou was rated as the #4 bantamweight in the world.
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Fred Bretonnel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Boxers from France
Fred Bretonnel Dec. at 23 (1905-1928)

Birthplace: France

Nationality: France

Fred Bretonnel (1 January 1905 – 4 September 1928) was a French lightweight boxer and title holder of the Featherweight Championship of France from 24 June to 7 October 1924, when it was taken ...more
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Mahyar Monshipour is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Boxers from France
Mahyar Monshipour Age: 44

Birthplace: Bam, Iran

Nationality: France

Weight Division: Super bantamweight, Bantamweight

Mahyar Monshipour (Persian: مهیار منشی‌پور‎; born 21 March 1975 in Tehran, Iran) is an Iranian-born French boxer who was the World Boxing Association's super bantamweight champion for nearly ...more
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Robert Cohen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Boxers from France
Robert Cohen Age: 89

Birthplace: Annaba, Algeria

Nationality: France

Robert Cohen (born November 15, 1930, in Bône, French Algeria) was a French boxer. Cohen was world bantamweight champion from 1954 to 1956. He was managed by Bobby Diamond.
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Jean Baptiste Mendy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Boxers from France
Age: 56

Birthplace: Dakar, Senegal

Nationality: France

Weight Division: Lightweight

Jean-Baptiste Mendy (born 1963-03-16 in Dakar, Senegal) is a French former professional boxer of African origin. He's also a former WBC and WBA lightweight champion.
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Fabrice Tiozzo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Boxers from France
Fabrice Tiozzo Age: 50

Birthplace: Saint-Denis, France

Nationality: France

Weight Division: Cruiserweight

Fabrice Tiozzo (born May 8, 1969) is a French former boxer who fought at light heavyweight (175 lb). His record upon retiring was 48–2 (32 KOs). Tiozzo was a two-time light heavyweight champion ...more
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Laurent Dauthuille is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Boxers from France
Laurent Dauthuille Dec. at 47 (1924-1971)

Birthplace: Chaumont, France

Nationality: France

Laurent Dauthuille (20 February 1924 in Chaumont, Haute-Marne – 10 July 1971 in Rueil-Malmaison) was a French boxer. Arriving in Montreal in the late 1940s, he was nicknamed the Tarzan of ...more
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Hacine Cherifi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Boxers from France
Hacine Cherifi Age: 52

Birthplace: Lyon, France

Nationality: France

Weight Division: Middleweight

Hacine "Billy" Cherifi (born December 12, 1967 in Lyon, France) is a French former boxer. Cherifi, known as "Billy", began his pro career in 1989 and challenged for the WBC ...more
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Julien Lorcy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Boxers from France
Julien Lorcy Age: 47

Birthplace: Bezons, France

Nationality: France

Weight Division: Lightweight

Julien Lorcy (born April 12, 1972 in Argenteuil, Val-d'Oise, France), was a professional boxer who held the WBA lightweight title twice.
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Bruno Girard is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Boxers from France
Age: 49

Birthplace: France

Nationality: France

Weight Division: Super middleweight

Bruno Girard (born November 25, 1970 in Blois, France) was a French boxer (187 cm height) at super middleweight and light heavyweight division who held the Lineal and WBA super middleweight
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Mehdi Sahnoune is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Boxers from France
Mehdi Sahnoune Age: 43

Birthplace: France

Nationality: France

Mehdi Sahnoune (born May 5, 1976 in Marseille, France) is a French boxer (182 cm height) at light heavyweight. Known as "Kounet", Sahnoune turned pro in 1997 and challenged WBA Light ...more
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Souleymane M'baye is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Boxers from France
Souleymane M'baye Age: 44

Birthplace: Clichy, France

Nationality: France

Weight Division: Light welterweight

Souleymane M'baye (born March 21, 1975 in Clichy-la-Garenne, France) is a professional boxer and is the former WBA super-lightweight champion. He won the vacated title by a fourth technical ...more
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Stéphane Haccoun ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Boxers from France
Stéphane Haccoun Age: 52

Birthplace: France

Nationality: France

Stéphane Haccoun (born August 31, 1967, in Paris, France) was a southpaw French boxer. He fought as a featherweight, a super featherweight, and a junior lightweight. He compiled a record ...more