Eugene Criqui - he came, he saw, he conquered

boxing sydney Eugene CriquiSid Godfrey on the left, Criqui on the right

Sydney Stadium became a Mecca for boxers from all over the world. One of the finest boxers to grace our shores was the great French featherweight world champion, Eugene Criqui. During a career that spanned eighteen years from 1910-1928, Criqui won 99 fights, losing only 17 along the way.

In 1920 and 1921, Criqui fought several times at The Old Tin Shed, beating such fine boxers as Vince Blackburn, Jackie Green, Bert Spargo, Sid Godfrey, Cabanella Dencio. and the plucky little boxer from the Philippines, Silvino Jamito.

· It was claimed his “steel” jaw, which was reconstructed after injury, made him impervious to punches on the chin.
· Famous fight with Sid Godfrey at the Stadium.
· Fought Bert Spargo, knocking him out in the 16th round. At that stage, Spargo was well ahead on points
· Epic contest with Cabanella Dencio.

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