Louis de Ponthieu
Louis de Ponthieu was a French boxer and manager born August 6, 1892 and died March 18, 1953 in Paris.
Son of a jiu-jitsu teacher, Louis de Ponthieu began studying Japanese wrestling at the age of 12. When his father was hired in the hall of Professor Desbonnet, rue de Ponthieu, where boxing was also practiced, he took his first boxing lessons. He adopted the name Ponthieu to distinguish himself from his father and his connection to jiu-jitsu. Despite strong myopia, he was a precocious boxer and fought about twenty fights between 1908 and 1910, then tried his luck in London. Noticed by the American Frank Erne, de Ponthieu was taken to the United States where he made rapid progress. He is the first French boxer to fight in Madison Square Garden.
Back in Paris, Louis de Ponthieu became French champion then European Boxing Union featherweight European champion after a victory against Tancy Lee on December 24, 1919. A month later, Louis de Ponthieu had his left arm amputated under the elbow joint following a crack in the radius which became infected. He is forced to withdraw from the rings.
De Ponthieu settles in Rabat in Morocco where he owns a café. He becomes manager and trainer (he gives the lesson with his only right arm). In 1921, he discovered André Routis while the latter was doing his military service and returned to France with him. He deals in particular with the careers of Émile Pladner and Gustave Humery. He ran a training room with André Routis on rue de Vaugirard in Paris until his death from a heart attack on March 18, 1953.
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