1922-05-11 Georges Carpentier w co 1 (20) Ted Kid Lewis, Olympia, Kensington, London, England - WORLD

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1922-05-11 Georges Carpentier w co 1 (20) Ted Kid Lewis, Olympia, Kensington, London, England - WORLD. Referee: Joe Palmer. No respecter of reputations, Lewis (157) immediately went to work on the body, while Carpentier (175), who was soon cut on the mouth, clinched and looked to find a way to keep the English boy at bay. Still Lewis continued to charge in with both hands pumping out and Carpentier, looking pained, again sought respite by holding on like a limpet. Following flagrant headwork inside the referee tried to part the men physically and when Lewis stepped back to complain, with his hands at his side, Carpentier drove in a smashing right to the jaw that sent him to the floor to be counted out on the 2.15 mark. For some considerable time afterwards the subject of whether the winning punch had been legal or not in the light of the referee’s instruction to break brought about much discussion.

Twelve days after the Frenchman's victory, Gene Tunney was parted from the American title on 23 May, when Harry Greb outpointed him over 15 rounds at Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York. Regardless of billing, Greb (167) was happy to risk his title at Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on 10 July, before taking the eight-round press decision over Tommy Loughran (163½).

On the ‘black’ title front, after Lee Anderson had successfully defended his version of the championship against Gorilla Jones (w co 3 at the City Auditorium, Galveston, Texas on 15 August), he was outpointed over ten rounds by Kid Norfolk at the Arena AC, Boston, Massachusetts on 11 September. At that moment, the Kid was almost certainly the top coloured man at the weight.