1911-12-13 (158lbs) Georges Carpentier w pts 20 Harry Lewis, The Circus, Paris, France

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1911-12-13 (158lbs) Georges Carpentier w pts 20 Harry Lewis, The Circus, Paris, France. Bearing in mind that Lewis had recently lost to Leo Houck and George Gunther, and this would be the 17-year-old Carpentier’s first appearance at middleweight, the fight was still given world title billing at 158lbs by the promoters. Literally boxing rings around Lewis, with the Frenchman making a great start it was only his experience and durability that enabled the American to last the course. Having outscored his rival from head to body Carpentier began to tire towards the end, but the final two sessions saw him show great awareness to avoid a last-minute catastrophe as Lewis threw everything at him bar the kitchen sink.

Carpentier claimed the title despite coming in half an ounce over the weight.

With boxing having recently become very popular in France there were two main bodies running the sport at this time, The French Federation Society of Boxing (FFSB) and the French Federation of Boxing Clubs (FFBC). The second named was fronted by Victor Breyer and Theo Vienne, who promoted boxing at the above venue, while Paul Rousseau led the other body. It would be these two groups who, along with the Swiss, would be instrumental in setting up the International Boxing Union in June 1913.