Saturday, July 16, 2016

On this Day: Andre Routis: A World FeatherWeight Champion Remembered

By Peter Silkov
Andre Routis was a very quick and clever boxer, with heart and durability, who during the 1920s fought the best bantamweights and featherweights in the world.  Born on July 16, 1900, in Bordeaux, Gironde, France. Routis won the French Amateur Bantamweight title in 1918, before turning professional in 1919. 

Starting his career as a bantamweight, Routis was soon facing top class opposition, and would go on to face the very best at both bantamweight and featherweight.  Routis would fight top fighters such as, Charles Ledoux, Bugler Harry Lake, Johnny Brown, Kid Francis, Harry Corbett, Jack Kid Berg, Cowboy Eddie Anderson, Tony Canzoneri, Joe Glick, Panama Al Brown, Johnny Cuthbert, Sammy Dorfman, Dick Finnegan, Buster Brown, Al Singer, and Battling Battalino.

Routis was a busy fighter and fought around the world against the best opponents available, and was very popular wherever he fought.  In addition to boxing in his native France, he also appeared regularly in rings throughout England and America.
On September 28, 1928, Routis caused a huge upset when he won the NBA and NewYork State World Featherweight title, with a 15-rounds point’s win over Tony Canzonerei, after a thrilling fight.  Routis held the title until September 23, 1929, when Battling Battalino out-pointed him over 15 hectic rounds. Battalino would go on to say that he was not crying from happiness after winning the title, he was crying because he had broke both his hands in the 4th round, while boxing Routis.

After losing his world title, Routis had just one more fight.  On November 5, 1929,  he was out-pointed over 10 rounds by Davey Abad.  Routis retired with a final record of 54(12koes)-25-7. Andre Routis would go on to own a bar in France, and upon his 69th birthday, died from a heart attack.

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