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10 - Clarisse (Calrice, Clara) Pelletier

Parents: Charles Pelletier - Rebecca "Ruby" Côté

Born:
Died:

Married:
Spouse: Mathias LeBrasseur

Children:
Yvonne
Anita
Lillian
Alma
Alto
Joseph
Robert
Florien - aka Al McCoy (1912 - 1988)

Note:

Florien LeBrasseur was known as Al McCoy, a Winslow, Maine boxer who once fought Joe Louis for the world's heavyweight title on 16 Dec 1940, in Boston, MA. Al McCoy lost by TKO in the 6th round.

The following was graciously submitted by Nancy A. Nolette:

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The following text is from the Maine Sports Hall of Fame:

1984 Inductee

Al McCoy

Born: April 11, 1912, Waterville


From a 97-pound, 13-year-old amateur to a 181-pound challenger of world heavyweight champion, Joe Louis, Winslow native Al McCoy (ring name for Florien LeBrasseur) made state, New England, national and international boxing waves.

McCoy became the only Maine native to fight for the heavyweight title when he met the then-reigning champion Louis in Boston Garden, December 16, 1940.

Giving away 31 pounds to Louis, he lost by a TKO in the 6th round.

McCoy lost a close 10-round decision to world light-heavy ruler Billy Conn in Boston, October 18 of the same year.

McCoy also gained two decisions over former light-heavy titlist Bob Olin.

In overweight matches, McCoy defeated former middleweight champion Lou Brouillard, lost a 10-rounder to middle champ Vince Dundee (McCoy well ahead until a cut over his left eye) and another decision to former middleweight champ Solly Krieger while splitting with former welterweight titlist Tommy Freeman.

McCoy fought a total of seven world champions during his glitterring career.

When he defeated Tony Shucco in 1935, he became the first Mainer to win the New England heavyweight crown.

McCoy was also popular with French-Canadian fans in the Province of Quebec. He won a light-heavyweight tournament in Montreal and was designated Canadian champion.

An early professional success saw him defeat Westbrook's Mike Marier for the Maine featherweight title in 1928.

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