Eugene Criqui, world featherweight champion in 1923, is one of the best boxers France has ever known.
During the war, he was injured by a shrapnel on the head while he was a watchmen in the trench. This important injury, considered fatal by doctors, is treated and then strengthened by an iron plate at the level of the jaw. This prosthesis, which Criqui keeps during his fights, earned him the nickname "Iron Jaw".
During the period goig from 1912 to 1923 he was crowned twice champion of France and once world champion when he beated the American Kilbane in New York by knockout. 130 fights 99 victories, 17 defeats, 14 draws. A record still unequaled, just like the incredible number of nicknames, in addition “iron jaw” The press crowned him “the king of the k.o. ». He was also nicknamed" Gégène Gueule cassée "and" Pale of Belleville "because of his pale face!
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