Originally Posted by burt bienstock
I saw Marcel Cerdan in his first fight in America against the tough Georgie Abrams at MSG. The year was 1946 and Cerdan won a tough decision over Georgie Abrams, who was
good enough to draw with Charley Burley....Cerdan was 30 years old in 1946, was on the downside after spending his prime years as a WW in Europe during WW2...A very strong
heavy handed swarmer Marcel was, who would certainly have been a MW champ today ...
and then Burt as he was...
people forget Cerdan was near the end of his peak too. Born in 1916, Zale in 1913, Williams in 1915, LaMotta 1922, these guys were all in their last years, 1-3 years isn't anything to moan about except at the end of fighters careers and Cerdan was too.
Also Nat Fliescher was shouting about him as early as 1939 when he seen him live in Europe, yes it is in the Ring, the War and world crisis is what prevented him from getting states side sooner.
Cerdan is one of the greatest fighters in history and fit for any MW that ever lived.