M: Felix Miquet and Francois Miquet
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Miquet was built like the proverbial tank, and one of the biggest men
in French wrestling in more ways than once. Born in Bonvillaret,
France, Felix weighed a solid twenty stones and stood 6' 3” tall.
He was understandably powerful, and surprising swift for a man of his
stature., and not to forget outstanding wrestling ability; the sum of
which enabled him to hold his own with the best in Europe – Bert
Assirati, Henri Deglane, Robert Herland and Henri Deglane.
European heavyweight champion Felix dropped the belt to Britain's
Bert Assirati, regaining it once again the following year, but did
fail to add the World championship when he challenged Frank Sexton in
March, 1950. That was a temporary setback with Felix taking this
European version of the World championship from Sexton on 22 January
1951, losing it to Ivar
Martinsen the following year.
Felix made a number of fleeting appearances in Britain between 1946 and 1960, between times finding acclaim in Felix North America, Asia and Australasia. .
French heavyweight Francois Miquet was the younger brother of Felix. Francois boxed professionally for two years from 1938, followed by a considerably longer combative stint in the army during the war, and taking up wrestling in 1946 making a short visit to Britain in the Autumn of that year. In 1948 he moved to Canada, where he won the Canadian junior heavyweight championship. Francois made a very successful career in Canada and the USA, though shortly after arriving in North America he changed his wrestling name from Francois Miquet to Corsica Joe. Born January 17, 1920 in Bonvillaret, France, Francois Miquet died on 13th March, 2010, aged 90.