Thursday, September 14, 2017

On This Day: Lou Brouillard Remembered

By Peter Silkov

Lou Brouillard was a very strong and durable fighter, short and powerful, with a good punch. He won world titles at two weights, yet is often overlooked in comparison to other champions. Born Lucien Pierre Brouillard, on May 23, 1911, at Saint Eugene, Quebec, Canada. And began his professional career in 1928.

During his career, Brouillard faced top names such as, Eddie Desautels, Baby Joe Gans, Al Mello, Paul Pirrone, Young Jack Thompson, Bucky Lawless, Jackie Fields, George Manolian, Jimmy McLarnin, Sammy Slaughter, Mickey Walker, Ben Jeby, Adolf Heuser, Vince Dundee, Tony Shucco, Bob Olin, Al Gainer, Babe Marino, Young Corbett III, Al Mcoy, Marcel Thil, Gustave Roth, Fred Apostoli, Teddy Yaosz, Tiger Roy Williams, Dick Maloney, Tiger Jack Fox, Gus Lesnevich, Ray Miller, Anton Christoforidis, Georgie Abrams, and Lloyd Marshall.

Brouillard won the NBA world welterweight championship on October 23, 1931, when he out-pointed Young Jack Thompson over 15 rounds. He lost the title on January, 28, 1932, when he was out-pointed over 10 rounds by Jackie Fields.

After losing the World welterweight title, Brouillard moved up to the middleweight division, and on August 9, 1933, he won the NYSAC world middleweight championship by knocking out Ben Jeby in the 7th round. Brouillard held this title for two months, being beaten on points by Vince Dundee.

Brouillard would have two shots at regaining the World middleweight championship, both, against Marcel Thil, for the IBU world middleweight title. The pair first fought in a non-title fight on November 25, 1935, with Thil winning on points after 12 rounds. Two months later, the two met for Thil's IBU world title, and Thil was declared a winner on a foul in the 4th round.

They fought again on February 15, 1937, with the IBU world middleweight title on the line, and this time Thil was given the victory via a 6th round disqualification amid controversial scenes. Thil had seemingly been dropped by a blow to the jaw, yet Thil stayed on one knee clutching his stomach as he was counted out by the referee. After counting Thil out, the ref then consulted with the judges and stated that Thil had been fouled. Therefore, was the winner on a disqualification.

Brouillard continued to fight until 1940, still mixing it at the top level until the end, although he lost his last 4 fights. He retired after dropping a 10-round decision to Henry Chmielewski.

Lou Brouillard retired with a final record of (100-31-2, 57koes). He was only stopped once during his whole career.

Up until his retirement in 1970, he work in a steel shipyard, operating a crane and rigger. Brouillard, who suffered from Alzheimer's disease, died on September 14, 1984, at the age of 73.

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