Serge Nubret, also known by bodybuilding fans as the "Black Panther" was born on the 6th of October 1938 in Anse-Bertrand, Guadeloupe which is a French colony. He then moved to France when he was 12 years old and started training with building strength and gaining muscle.
But Serge was one of the genetically gifted bodybuilders that an extra pound of muscle looks like ten pounds when everything is in perfect balance. He is the only competitive bodybuilder or athlete to have won 6 world titles all with 4 different federations. IFBB, NABBA, WBBG, WABBA.
He was the founder member of WABBA and was determined to make the sport of bodybuilding recognized as an Olympic sport. To make the entry of all bodybuilders into any competition accepted by all, which went against IFBB regulations, which alienated him from his rivals.
Winning both the IFBB Mr.Olympia as well as the WABBA Mr.Olympus he was once at the top of his sport. A man who was genetically gifted and made the best use of his God given ability that got involved in the complicated politics and egos of the bodybuilding world at that time.
Serge was given the opportunity to act in his first film in 1962 when he did My Son the Hero co-starring Giuliano Gemma. That is what started his career as an actor but times were tough in those days for a black foreigner. Serge worked in many movies, which ended with the TV series Sins in 1986.
It is an embarrassing story that happened at the 1975 Mr.Universe competition held in South Africa. Serge was suddenly told that he would not compete cos of his recent WABBA competition due in two weeks-time so he stopped training when suddenly on the same day of the competition the organizers said that he could compete. This was when he came in second against Arnold with Lou Farrigno in third place.
Ironically it was both foreign tall black men called Serge Nubret and Sergio Oliva who rebelled against the IFBB during the mid 1970s. If you add up the titles that both these bodybuilders won is comes to 10 and all of them won between 1975 and 1985.
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