Emile Pladner

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May 22, 2022

Émile Pladner was a French boxer born September 2, 1906 in Clermont-Ferrand and died March 15, 1980 in Auch. Nicknamed Milou, the Auvergnat grew up on the farm and experienced a delay in physical development due to a deviation of the nasal septum, which he underwent surgery as a teenager. Athlete, he started English boxing after a fight in a café on the Place de Jaude. Pladner distinguished himself in the amateur ranks under the colors of AS Montferrandaise and the management of Marc Gilbert by winning the first European boxing championships in the flyweight category in 1925. Convinced by Louis de Ponthieu to turn professional, Pladner carefully studies the method of the former European champion. He experienced a rapid rise, winning the titles of champion of France, Europe and facing the best boxers in his category before he was 23 years old. World title contender, he defeated world champion Izzy Schwartz in a beltless fight before becoming the fifth French boxing world champion by knocking out Frankie Genaro in 58 seconds on March 2, 1929 at the Vélodrome d'Hiver. . In the weeks after his triumph, the Clermontois lost his world title in a controversial revenge against Genaro then the others against his compatriot Eugène Huat. Fallen star, he retains great popularity and begins a new career in the bantamweight category. Champion of France in 1931, he made international tours, in North America to get his chance at the world title and then in Asia, to promote English boxing. His license, first withdrawn for eye problems, is given to him again at his insistence. Titled in France four more times, he failed for the European title against Maurice Dubois. After more than one hundred and thirty professional fights, Émile Pladner was forced into retirement from sport in 1936 by retinal detachment. Owner of a bistro, a gym, a young manager, he totally lost his sight in June 1937. Multiple operations failed to bring him back into the light. The Valentin Haüy Association at the service of the blind and visually impaired enabled him to retrain as a massage therapist in the world of sport.

Biography

Youth

Émile Auguste Pladner was born on September 2, 1906 in Clermont-Ferrand in a modest apartment on rue de la Tour-d'Auvergne. The newborn weighs less than two kilograms and is so thin and small that his parents are convinced that his life expectancy is low. Fatherless at the age of two, the rickety child was sent to a farm in the region, in Saint-Georges-de-Mons, in the Combrailles. For nine years, Émile grew up in the open air, helping with the work in the fields. His mother, who raises her three children alone, opens a perfumery. Worried about the development of her son, who weighs only 26 kg at the age of thirteen, she had him examined by a doctor who diagnosed a deviation of the septum of the nose at the origin of his growth retardation, which forced him to breathe through the mouth. Operated on by a surgeon, the young boy comes out grown up and gains confidence. His mother wanted Émile to become a sculptor and placed him in a school in Clermont-Ferrand where he remained for thirty months. While he was looking for himself, sometimes to learn shorthand typing, sometimes to repair sewing machines, Pladner began the sport with gymnastics at the Independent in Clermont and often fought with older students who took advantage of his small size. ,. After trying his hand at rugby union as a scrum-half, he joined AS Montferrandaise where he devoted himself mainly to swimming and cycling. At seventeen, during a game of billiards, he fights with a young man named Védrines in a c