Saturday, June 25, 2016

On This Day: French Champion Laurent Grimbert Remembered

By Peter Silkov

Laurent Grimbert was a clever and game boxer who boxed at bantamweight and featherweight.  Born on June 26, 1954, in Crepy-en-Valois, Oise, France, Grimbert turned professional in 1976, fighting as a bantamweight. 

On September 30, 1978, in his 24th professional contest, Grimbert won the French Bantamweight title, with a 12-rounds point’s decision over Guy Caudron.  11 months later, Grimbert challenged Juan Francisco Rodriguez for the European Bantamweight title, but was beaten on points, after 12 rounds.

Grimbert moved up to featherweight, and on January 12, 1980, out-pointed Gerard Jacob over 12 rounds, to win the French Featherweight title.  Grimbert made two attempts to win the European Featherweight title, being stopped by Roberto Castanon, in the 6th round, on June 27, 1980, and then on July 22, 1981 Grimbert was stopped in 7 rounds by Salvatore Melluzzo, for the European Featherweight title.

After his defeat by Melluzzo, Grimbert’s form declined and he went 3-15 in his last 18 contests, with his last fight being on March 16, 1984, when Jose Maillot stopped him in 6 rounds.  Grimbert retired with a final record of 27(8koes)-29-4.

Laurent Grimbert died on June 25, 2002, the day before his 48th birthday.

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