Cerdan went undefeated for 46 bouts winning the Frecnh welterweight championship against Charles Pernot along the way, however finally losing by DQ against Harry Craster in his 47th bout. He went on to score another 22 wins including the European welterweight title, before once again losing by DQ to Jose Ferrer. He went continued on to a record of 108-2-0, and his third loss would come against Cyrille Delannoit via 15 round decision, although he would avenge this loss two months later.
Cerdan the faced Tony Zale for the World Middleweight Championship, winning the title after Zale didn't answer the bell for the 12th round. Cerdan then beat Dick Turpin and Lucien Krawczyk, before heading to America to face the Bronx Bull, Jake LaMotta. In the first round Cerdan was thrown to the ground injuring his shoulder badly, however continued to fight essentially one armed for another 8 rounds before failing to answer the call for the 10th round.
A couple of days ago I was rewatching a favourited video of mine on youtube, Marcel Cerdan - Triumph & Tragedy, and it got me thinking. Had he not passed away at the time he did, gone on to fight LaMotta again etc, how he would've fared against the greats of his era.
Marcel Cerdan - Triumph & Tragedy (via BoloPunchProductions)