1913-02-12 (175lbs) Georges Carpentier w co 2 (20) Bandsman Dick Rice, The Circus, Paris, France

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1913-02-12 (175lbs) Georges Carpentier w co 2 (20) Bandsman Dick Rice, The Circus, Paris, France. Made at 175lbs for the European title, Rice (164¾) held his own in the opening session before launching himself at Carpentier (166) in the second. Unfortunately for the Englishman, after missing with a mighty right hand he was countered by a lightning right hook to the jaw and it was all over after one minute of the session.

According to the 1914 TS Andrews’ Annual Carpentier carried off the European version of the world title following his win over Rice. Although seen as a world champion by Andrews, when the French-based International Boxing Union were formed in June 1913 he was not recognised as one by the new body, who listed Sam Langford as the titleholder. It could be that having just defeated Bombardier Billy Wells to win the European heavyweight crown Carpentier was viewed by the IBU as being a member of the higher weight class.