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April 16, 2024

Portraits of Boxer Fred Bretonnel in 1920 at the Age of 15 and in 1928 at the Age of 23

Boxer Fred Bretonnel in 1920 at the age of 15 and in 1928 at the age of 23. In a career totaling 76 matches, he lost 18, drew 14 and won 42 with 14 knock outs.

Fred Bretonnel (January 1, 1905 – September 4, 1928) was a significant figure in the boxing world. His influence extended beyond the ring, with his family also being deeply involved in the sport. His brother was a professional boxing trainer and manager, contributing to the development of many other boxers. His father started the first boxing magazine in France, further promoting the sport and providing a platform for boxing enthusiasts.

Bretonnel’s career was marked by notable matches. One such event was the first French-German match in France after the First World War, held on May 10, 1922. Bretonnel emerged victorious in this match, defeating Paul Czirson. This victory not only added to his personal record but also symbolized a moment of unity and sportsmanship between the two nations after the war.

Unfortunately, Bretonnel’s life was cut short at the age of 23. He died due to suicide by hanging on September 4, 1928. The cause was referred to as “family troubles.” At the time of his death, he was a welterweight. His untimely death was a tragic end to a promising career, leaving a void in the boxing world.


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