1922-09-24 Battling Siki w co 6 (20) Georges Carpentier, Buffalo Velodrome, Paris, France - WORLD

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1922-09-24 Battling Siki w co 6 (20) Georges Carpentier, Buffalo Velodrome, Paris, France - WORLD. Referee: Henri Bernstein. With a supposedly poor opponent in front of him, Carpentier (173½) was expected to win without raising a sweat and after two rounds of outboxing Siki (174) he dropped his man in the third following a cracking right to the jaw. Getting up at ‘seven’, Siki surprised all in attendance when he immediately went for Carpentier and had the champion down for a short count from a wild swing. Although Carpentier looked weakened he again had Siki down in the fourth, but back came the man from Senegal, throwing all manner of punches. From that moment, there was only going to be one winner and it was not going to be Carpentier, who somehow managed to make it through to the end of the fifth. Coming out for the sixth with both eyes almost closed, Carpentier looked a sorry sight and after he had been bundled to the floor, with obvious damage to his left leg, the fight was halted at 1.10 of the session.

After calling for Carpentier’s corner to help their man back to the corner, the referee then announced that he had disqualified Siki for tripping. However, this action caused such uproar among the crowd that the decision was overturned by the judges within the hour on the grounds that the timekeeper had already counted Carpentier out before the contest was stopped.

On 10 November 1922, the French Federation stripped Siki of the world title due to him assaulting Francis Descamps, Carpentier’s manager, a few days earlier. The Federation claimed that they were forced to take that action as not to allow boxing to be dragged through the mud. Following that, the IBU took similar action against Siki on 12 January 1923, only to rescind the decision on 18 February 1923 when naming him among their list of world champions.

Outside the ring, Siki’s behaviour was eccentric to say the least and there was even more emphasis placed on the American title. Two 15-round fights that took place in New York at Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, saw Harry Greb outscore Tommy Loughran on 30 January 1923, before losing the American title in reverse fashion to Gene Tunney on 23 February 1923. Prior to losing to Tunney, other fights in 1923 in which Greb risked losing recognition came against Loughran (nd-w pts 10 at the Motor Square Garden, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on 15 January), Billy Shade (nd-w pts 12 at the 4th Regiment Armory, Jersey City, New Jersey on 22 January), Pal Reed (nd-w pts 12 at the Broad AC, Newark, New Jersey on 5 February) and Young Fisher (w pts 12 at The Arena, Syracuse, New York on 16 February).