1920-10-12 Georges Carpentier nd-w co 4 (12) Battling Levinsky, International League Park, Jersey City, New Jersey, USA - WORLD

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1920-10-12 Georges Carpentier nd-w co 4 (12) Battling Levinsky, International League Park, Jersey City, New Jersey, USA - WORLD. Referee: Harry Ertle. Although a decision could not be given, it was advertised as a championship battle and finally gave the 175lbs title international status, Carpentier (170½) being acknowledged as champion after defeating Levinsky (175) conclusively. The fight itself saw the Frenchman darting around Levinsky, stinging him with smart left leads before dropping him with a sizzling right to the jaw in the second round. Mistakenly given 15 seconds to recover, Levinsky was soon down again and somehow got through the third session, making Carpentier miss consistently, before a series of rapid-fire head shots dropped him in a heap to be counted out at 1.07 of the fourth.

With Carpentier being given a crack at Jack Dempsey’s heavyweight title, Levinsky continued to bill himself as the holder of the American light heavyweight crown and made a successful defence when outpointing Dan O’Dowd over 12 rounds at The Arena, Syracuse, New York on 15 April 1921.

After being knocked out by Dempsey in the fourth round at Boyle’s Thirty Acres, Jersey City on 2 July 1921, it came as no surprise that Carpentier decided to remain among the light heavies.

Later, on 13 January 1922, Gene Tunney, the future heavyweight champion, took over the American mantle when beating Levinsky on points over 12 rounds at Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York. Regardless of billing, Tunney effectively risked his American 175lbs title a few weeks later when taking on Whitey Wenzel (nd-w rsc 4 at the Ice Palace, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on 14 February) and Fay Keiser (nd-w pts 10 at The Armory, Grand Rapids, Michigan on 3 March).